Kentucky Medical News Opinion: Presidential Politics – Protecting Innovation in Healthcare, by Ben Keeton
This post originally appeared on Kentucky Medical News on February 18, 2016.
As many Americans know, the presidential primary season is underway. Every day, we hear from the candidates as they lay out their vision for the future of America, especially as it relates to our economy and job growth. Our future economy is based on innovation, like the many life science and biotechnology companies being developed in Kentucky. Not only is our industry helping to tackle some of the world’s greatest health threats, but we are doing so while creating the next generation of jobs.
This economic growth can only occur if we have a government that supports innovative research and development. As the candidates share their visions for America, we encourage them to focus on one of the most important issues facing the country today: protecting the U.S. patent system. I urge candidates from both parties to highlight the importance of protecting a patent system that continues to incentivize innovation, promote economic growth and create jobs across America.