Rep. Peters, Republican Colleague Launch Life Sciences Caucus

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Rep. Scott Peters at the Sanford-Burnham-Prebys Medical Research Institute. Photo courtesy Peters’ office

Democratic Rep. Scott Peters reached across the aisle to join Rep. Leonard Lance of New Jersey to launch a Congressional caucus focused on the life sciences.

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“The life sciences are driving innovative breakthroughs that are saving lives and changing the face of medicine in our country,” said Peters. “It is my hope that we can use this caucus to bring experts from across the country to D.C. as we work to make informed public policy decisions.”

On Capital Hill, a caucus of like-minded legislators can help draft legislation focused on specific issues or industries that Congress as a whole does not follow.

The San Diego life sciences community quickly applauded the move, with Biocom and the California Life Sciences Association issuing supporting statements.

“California Life Sciences Association commends Reps. Scott Peters and Leonard Lance on the creation of the Congressional Life Sciences Caucus, which will help strengthen the dialogue in Congress over the issues affecting the life sciences sector,” said Sara Radcliffe, president & CEO of the association.

Peters represents the 52nd District of California which covers much of central San Diego, including the La Jolla area where many new biotech companies are located. Lance represents a district in New Jersey that is home to many pharmaceutical companies.

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