Congressman Pete Olson

Representing the 22nd District of Texas


November 2, 2014
Press Release

HOUSTON, TX– Reps. Pete Olson and Gene Green participated in a round table discussion with top physicians and research experts from the Texas Medical Center last week as part of the House Energy and Commerce Committee's bipartisan initiative called 21st Century Cures.

The goal of this initiative is to accelerate the pace at which lifesaving medical treatments are discovered, developed, and delivered in the United States. The Texas Medical Center is the largest medical center in the world with one of the highest densities of clinical facilities for patient care, basic science, and translational research. Several panelists provided important updates on what they are working on and how the federal government can play a role in enhancing their efforts.

"America has long been a leader in medical breakthroughs," Rep. Pete Olson said. "Our laws need to keep up so we can help get these innovations to those who need them. Government should be an ally in the quest to find the cure for diseases that plague our world. From Ebola to cancer, the experts can help us figure out where the gaps are so that the government and our laws can help speed up cures rather than hinder them. I applaud the hard work being done by the folks at the Texas Medical Center and across the country who are all working to find a pathway to cures."

“It was excellent to hear from some of Houston’s leading scientists and health officials," Rep. Gene Green said. "Our distinguished panelists and the institutions they represent are leading the world in research, innovation, and care. Through the 21st Century Cures Initiative, we can take full advantage of advances that have been made and improve the discovery, development and delivery of care.”

TMC Panelists included:Bobby Robbins, M.D. - President, Texas Medical Center, Paul Klotman, M.D. - President, Baylor College of Medicine, Mauro Ferrari, Ph.D. - Houston Methodist Research Institute, Richard Gibbs, Ph.D. - Baylor College of Medicine, Thomas Kent, M.D. - DeBakey VA Hospital, Peter Hotez, M.D., Ph.D. - Baylor College of Medicine, Malcolm Brenner, M.D., Ph.D. - Baylor College of Medicine, Kirstin Matthews, Ph.D. - Rice University, Bill McKeon - Texas Medical Center, Jeffrey P. Sutton, M.D., Ph.D - Baylor College of Medicine, and Jiajie Zhang, Ph.D. - University of Texas Health.