Public policy plays a critical role in the success of the bioscience industry. BioForward works actively to:
BioForward and our member companies support and value the ongoing development of lifesaving research at UW-Madison, the Medical College of Wisconsin, and other institutions across our state. Our companies are the link between academic research and the therapies that are available to patients and families struggling with health issues or injuries. Accordingly, we are working with our colleagues from these research institutions and the Wisconsin Legislature to protect research in Wisconsin that utilizes fetal tissue.
Under currently proposed legislation, in the State of Wisconsin, it would be a felony to use ANY fetal cells, fetal cell lines, or fetal tissues for research under all circumstances if those cells were obtained after January 1, 2015.
The sale of fetal tissue is already illegal under federal law. We strongly support that prohibition and our research institutions abide by that prohibition. The bills currently being considered, AB 305/SB 260, go much further. If this legislation passes, we are closing the door on any future research that would be used to develop vaccines, therapies, and other medical innovations.
For more information about this legislation and the Cures for Tomorrow coalition fighting to preserve research in Wisconsin, go to www.curesfortomorrow.org.