TODAY-Senator Collins to Participate in Biomedical Innovation Summit

WHERE:    Maine Medical Center Research Institute

81 Research Drive

Scarborough, ME 04074

WHEN:    TODAY-Friday, March 4, 2016; 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM ET


Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senator Susan Collins will deliver remarks and participate in a panel discussion today at the Biomedical Innovation Summit, which will be hosted by the Maine Medical Center Research Institute.  Panelists will discuss some of the promising biomedical research that is currently being conducted by Maine scientists.

Increasing investment in biomedical research is one of Senator Collins’ top priorities.  Senator Collins advocated strongly for the $2 billion increase in funding for the National Institutes of Health that was included in the FY 2016 funding bill, the largest increase for NIH funding since 2003.

Additional panelists scheduled to participate in the Biomedical Innovation Summit include Dr. Leif Oxburgh, Principal Investigator in the Center for Regenerative Medicine, Maine Medical Center Research Institute; Mike Hyde, VP for External Affairs and Strategic Partnership, Jackson Lab; Dr. Carol Kim, VP for Research, University of Maine; Dr. Edward Bilsky, VP for Research and Scholarship, University of New England; Chuck Lawton, Chief Economist, Planning Decisions, Inc.; Laurie Trenholm, Executive Director, Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter; and Hilary Schneider, Director of Government Relations, Maine Action Center for the American Cancer Society