On August 12, 2019, Delaware BioScience Association had the distinct honor of hosting Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester at the Bio Dome for a round table discussion with representatives from Delaware Bio member companies. The round table meeting provided an opportunity for the Congresswoman and Delaware Bio member companies to come together to discuss issues facing the life science community.
Congresswoman Blunt Rochester represents the state of Delaware in the U.S. House of Representatives and serves as an Assistant Whip for House Leadership. She currently sits on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce which represents the healthcare sector. “I wanted to be on a committee where I could do the most good for the most Delawareans”, said Congresswoman Blunt Rochester, “when speaking with constituents, I found healthcare to be their greatest concern”.
If we try to come to the table and have an open mind, throw out ideas; we find we are trying to solve a common problemCongresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester
The round table discussion centered on what can be done from a policy perspective to support the life science industry to continue to be innovators. The policy discussion topics, facilitated by Helen Stimson, President & CEO of Delaware Bio, were as follows: the medical device excise tax, Medicare Part D and out of pocket expenses, issues with the FDA, and the importance of federal funding to support small Biotech companies. Representatives from Analytical Biological Services Inc. (ABS), ANP Technologies, Inc., AstraZeneca, CD Diagnostics, Extrave Bioscience, Incyte Corporation, Johnson & Johnson, National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing (NIIMBL), and Siemens Healthineers shared their concerns and engaged in discussion.
Congresswoman Blunt Rochester stressed how important these meetings are in providing the data and stories needed for legislators to create and advocate for more effective policy. “If we try to come to the table and have an open mind, throw out ideas; we find we are trying to solve a common problem” said Congresswoman Blunt Rochester
We thank Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester for her continued support of Delaware Bio and the life science community and for her service to the state of Delaware.