Posted by: Audrey Erbes | October 1, 2012

Science Funding and Risks to NIH with Sequestration Threat

Here’s another full week of meetings this week. Check out the last two programs of BioCentury TV focusing on the tough times for NIH funding and support of science. Last week’s program featured NIH Director Francis Collins who noted while science is accelerating, funding is shrinking. The second part of this program continues the discussion about science under stress of austerity. You can watch these free Webcasts in the comfort of your office or home. I wanted to remind you that events of note include the first presidential debate which will cover domestic issues. I’m hoping we might hear something about the candidates’ views on investment in research and innovation.

The effects of potential sequestration Jan. 2, 2013 on science funding and, specifically, the NIH is dire. We were hoping for increases as Congress learns about need for innovation in science and funding to support it but unless the Congress acts to stop this across-the-board drastic decrease in funding of science agencies, science in the U.S. faces some really dark days. See article “Sequestration Outlook Gets Darker” by Kelly Rae Chi, 9/24/2012 and access to full report at

I’ve listed the highlights of this week’s meetings below but you can find all the detailed information in  Audrey’s Picks which consists of pdf of full list of meetings through December. Just right click on highlighted title to open the pdf file.

  • BioCentury TV Today, See new program Webcast Starting Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012, Available anytime starting at 9:00 a.m. EDT; Topic: “Science Under Stress; Speakers: Join Washington Editor Steve Usdin as he continues BioCentury’s discussionabout science in the age of austerity with: Dr. Daniel Ford, Vice Dean for Clinical Investigation at Johns Hopkins, the leading recipient of NIH grants last year;Dr. Douglas Williams, EVP for R&D at Biogen Idec, which is stepping into highly visible public-private collaborations in basic science; and Mike Castle of law firm DLA Piper, who pushed for doubling the NIH budget as the member of Congress from Delaware.
  • Bio2Device Group, Tuesday Morning, Oct. 2, 2012; Topic: “Bits, Bytes and Biology: A new paradigm for designing therapies;” Speaker: Pradeep Fernandes, Co-Founder and President, Cellworks
  • GABA, Tuesday Evening, Oct. 2, 2012; Topic: “New Challenges for Medical Device Manufacturers and Hospitals;” Speakers: Allen Hobbs, Ph.D., Health IT Strategy & Policy; Kaiser Permanente, Oakland; Aruna Ranaweera, Ph.D, Stryker, Corporate Process Owner Design Controls & Risk Management, San Jose, CA; Simone McCormick, Esq., Senior Associate of Murphy, Pearson, Bradley & Feeney, SF, CA; Juergen Stettin, PROSYSTEM AG, Hamburg, Germany; Oliver P. Christ , Co-founder and CEO, PROSYSTEM USA LLC, San Diego, CA; Moderator: Ulrike Ruppelt, Co-Chair of GABA Life Science Healthcare Interest Group
  • San Francisco AWIS and WILS, Wednesday Evening, Oct. 3, 2012; Topic: The sfAWIS 2012-2013 Mentoring Program Kickoff Event”
  • 2012 First Presidential Debate, Wednesday Evening, Oct. 3. 2012; Topic: “Domestic policy;” Debaters: President Barack Obama and former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney; 6:00 pm PT
  • BayBio, Thursday Late Afternoon, Oct. 4, 2012; Event: “BayBio Oktoberfest Mixer and Open House”
  • Medtech Frontiers, Thursday Evening, Oct. 4, 2012’ Topic: “Neurostimulation: Our Enhanced Future”
  • CACO Workshop, Friday, Oct. 5, 2012; Topic: “Formulation Support for Discovery & Early Development: Fundamentals, Advances, Special Topics & Case Studies;” Speakers: Shelley Rabel, Robert Strickley, Evan Thackaberry, Minli Xie
  • Foley Lardner LLP Life Science Conference, Friday, Oct. 5, 2012; Conference Topic: “Winning Strategies in Life Sciences: Pursuing Success in Today’s Changing Environment”

You can download this week’s list of Jobs that Crossed My Desk. Just right click on the highlighted title. This week’s list includes those postings I saw this past week plus those the previous two weeks.

You’ll find me at the Bio2Device Group meeting tomorrow and the Foley Lardner Life Science Conference on Friday. Have a great week!



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