PhRMA CEO John Castellani Responds to Mid-Term Election, Stresses Importance of Innovation to Help Grow Economy
WASHINGTON, Nov. 3, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) President and CEO John Castellani released the following statement and video regarding the mid-term election:
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"Congratulations to all of the candidates who worked so hard on the campaign trail to earn the trust and votes of the American public.
"Two issues dominated the election this year: the state of our economy and jobs.
"There is no doubt that the last several years have been very tough for America and its workers.
"This is why it's so important for our nation's leaders to recognize the important role that America's biopharmaceutical research companies play in contributing to the national economy and creating millions of U.S. jobs as they develop medical advances.
"One way we can help our economy grow is to ensure that America remains the worldwide hub for scientific and medical research.
"When it comes to medical innovation, our nation is at a crossroads and it's up to our leaders to decide what path they want to take. Do they want to support the innovative engines that fuel America's economy, or do they want to let other countries win the race for knowledge, jobs and growth in the life sciences field?
"We believe the right path is one that strengthens the scientific and economic environments that foster medical advancements and serve as the foundations for great jobs and U.S. global competitiveness.
"Over the last couple of months, people have asked me why I took the job to lead PhRMA. My response is simple: I want to represent the most research-intensive sector in the U.S. Our companies are dedicated to improving and saving the lives of millions of patients worldwide and their work is also vital to our nation's economic prospects.
"I've had the honor of meeting many of the men and women working a