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Obama uses ROI of genome mapping to defend research funding at SOTU

Reporter: Veronica Combs
Source: Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News

Feb. 13, 2013

President Barack Obama used his fifth State of the Union address last night to repeat his annual call to increase basic research funding—a plea with added significance this year, as he and Congressional leaders struggle to avoid across-the-board spending cuts that would shrink NIH among other agencies.

Obama and Congress at deadline remain deadlocked on how to cut at least $1.2 trillion over 10 years, as promised under the 2011 Budget Control Act. The fiscal-cliff accord they reached around the New Year’s holiday postponed the deadline for action to March 1—after which, according to the budget act, all non-defense federal agencies must cut their spending by a flat 5.1% for the rest of this fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30.

“Today, our scientists are mapping the human brain to unlock the answers to Alzheimer’s. We’re developing drugs to regenerate damaged organs,” Obama said. “Now is not the time to gut these job-creating investments in science and innovation. Now is the time to reach a level of research and development not seen since the height of the Space Race. We need to make those investments.”

Obama justified research spending by citing the estimate of economic impact of the Human Genome Project (HGP) trumpeted recently by NIH’s National Human Genome Research Institute. According to a Battelle Technology Partnership Practice report commissioned by Life Technologies Foundation, HGP spending between 1990 and 2003 amounted to $3.8 billion, but generated an economic impact of $796 billion—a $141-to-1 return.

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U.S. Military Comes to Battelle for Rapid Prototyping of Lethality and Armament Systems, Weapons Platforms

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Aug. 19, 2014)—When the U.S. Army needs assistance designing, fabricating and testing new technology for the field, they call on qualified companies for help.   Battelle, a leader in defense technology, is one of them.

Battelle’s expertise in armament and munitions research, development, test and evaluation (RDT&E), and product...

Battelle Grants Aim to Boost STEM Learning by Combining Science with the Arts

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Aug. 4, 2014)— Recognizing that the arts can inspire students in new ways, Battelle today announced grants totaling more than $330,000 to support out-of-classroom learning. This second round of awards under the Battelle STEM Grant Program will enable six Central Ohio organizations to launch creative experiences...

Carolyn Kotsol Named President and CEO of Winner Water Services

Battelle engineer brings a wealth of industry experience to joint venture as it opens its first commercial unit

SHARON, Penn. (July 31, 2014)—Carolyn Kotsol becomes the President and Chief Executive Officer of Winner Water Services on August 1. She replaces John Ontiveros, who directed the startup of...