Get Involved with the NIH SBIR Re-Authorization

April 29, 2010 / Ed Jameson / Blog Posts
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Jameson & Company has joined forces with the Small Biotechnology Business Coalition.  The Small Biotechnology Business Coalition (SBBC) is an advocacy organization for America’s small, innovative biotechnology and medical device companies. SBBC advocates for government programs and policies that help small bio-tech firms bring innovative products and technologies to market, thereby creating sustainable economic and job growth, curing or mitigating many diseases, and ultimately reducing health care costs.

Earlier this year Rep. Jason Altmire (R-PA) campaigned Congressional leadership to get his version of the House SBIR reauthorization bill included in must-pass jobs creation legislation. Concerned members of the Small Biotechnology Business Coalition, as well as many others in the broader technology sector, defeated this effort. Now, Rep. Altmire is making another attempt to have the House SBIR Reauthorization bill included in the new jobs creation package. 
He says that he wants a “compromise bill” included in the jobs package, but for the last five months the House has refused to even discuss a compromise with the Senate. A true compromise bill should be worked out between the two negotiating parties, not crafted independently by the House and forced through the Senate.

In response to this latest effort by Altmire, the SBBC has crafted a letter (download the SBBC letter to Pelosi and Hoyer) to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) asking them, as the House leaders, to oppose including SBIR legislation in the jobs creation package, and to send a message to Rep. Altmire to stop trying to make and end run around the conference committee negotiations. We ask any small businesses that support this letter to please send an email to Alysa Dortort at adortort@smallbiotechcoalition.org with your name, the name of your company, and the company’s address, and we will add it to the list of signatories for this letter.

 

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