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Biotech CEOs, NIH Defend Research Spending at White House Visit

  • Meeting included VP Pence, Ivanka Trump and Reed Cordish
  • Trump had proposed cutting NIH $1.23 billion this fiscal year
Photographer: Photographer: Nicky Loh/Bloomberg

Biotech executives and the head of the National Institutes of Health met on Monday at the White House with Vice President Mike Pence and other top officials to defend government-sponsored research after the president’s budget proposal sought deep cuts.

President Donald Trump’s administration proposed cutting $1.23 billion from the NIH’s budget this fiscal year and $5.8 billion next year. Most of the proposed 2017 cuts would have come from reductions in research grants. But Congress increased the NIH’s budget for this fiscal year by $2 billion in the spending bill it passed last week to fund the government through September.