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Autism Speaks Applauds 21st Century Cures Initiative

January 29, 2015
 
Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, welcomes the release by the House Energy and Commerce Committee of a discussion document for its 21st Century Cures Initiative. The discussion document released by Chairman Fred Upton is an important first step in what we hope will be a fruitful process to foster innovation and treatments for autism and other disorders. 
 
Additionally, Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Richard Burr (R-N.C.) today released a report on the challenges to getting safe treatments, devices and cures to patients more quickly and effectively, examining what is working, and what isn’t, at the Food and Drug Administration and the National Institutes of Health. We applaud their efforts.
 
We look forward to working with Chairman Upton and Representative Diana DeGette and their colleagues in the House and Senate to promote medical innovation. Autism affects an estimated 1 in 68 children, so medical innovation is much needed. As the committee noted its press release announcing the discussion document, “Congress must take bold action to accelerate the discovery, development, and delivery of promising new treatments and cures for patients and to maintain our nation’s standing as the biomedical innovation capital of the world.” 
 
Chairman Upton and Representative DeGette have begun an important discussion and we are grateful for their efforts.