California Biomedical Community California Healthcare Institute (CHI) Honors Congresswoman

LA JOLLA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo (D – Palo Alto) was honored by the California Healthcare Institute (CHI) with the organization’s first-ever Champion for California Life Sciences Innovation award. The award was presented by CHI Chairman George Scangos, president & CEO, Exelixis; David Gollaher, president and CEO, CHI; David Beier, senior vice president, Global Government and Corporate Affairs, Amgen; William Rhodes, worldwide president, BD Biosciences; Bernardus N.M. Machielse, executive vice president, Operations, MedImmune; and John Martin, chairman and CEO, Gilead Sciences, at a CHI dinner in Washington, D.C.

“Congresswoman Eshoo has been a tireless champion for American competitiveness, biomedical innovation and access to healthcare,” said David Gollaher, Ph.D., CHI’s president and chief executive officer. “As Congress worked to enact healthcare reform legislation, Anna led efforts to address concerns with the equity and fairness of the medical device tax and was the primary author of language to enact a science-based biosimilars pathway at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to promote competition while fostering continued investment and innovation.”

"Innovation and competition are the key components to expanding our medical universe and allowing homegrown companies to thrive and develop life-saving treatments for patients,” Eshoo said. “I am deeply honored to be recognized by CHI for my work in support of the life sciences which I believe will make the 21st century an American century.”

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