Continued from page 1

“American leadership in medical innovation must be part of our economic recovery plan,” said former House Democrat Rep. Dick Gephardt, who helped form the group. “It has a direct impact on job growth, U.S. competitiveness and the health of all Americans.”

A study released last month by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) found that while the United States currently ranks sixth among 40 countries and regions in innovation and competitiveness, it placed last in terms of progress made over the last decade. Singapore, Sweden, Luxembourg, Denmark and South Korea now outrank the U.S.

Members of the Council include: AdvaMed, the ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) Association, American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology, American Academy for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Association of Clinical Research Organizations, the Cleveland Clinic, the National Health Council, the National Organization for Rare Disorders, the Parkinson´s Action Network, RetireSafe and the Whitman-Walker Clinic.

Sean Lengell can be reached at