State leaders are touting a new coalition to promote clinical trials of innovative medical treatments.
“It’s very exciting, and it will make a big difference for a lot of people,” Gov. Terry Branstad said at a news conference announcing the new Iowa Coalition of Clinical Researchers.
The news conference was held at the Des Moines education center of UnityPoint Health, which is one of the coalition’s partners. Others include the University of Iowa, the Iowa Heart Center, the Iowa Oncology Research Association and the Iowa Clinic.
The organization’s goal is to promote clinical trials to front-line physicians and patients who might benefit from new treatments. Officials said nearly 1,300 clinical trials have taken place in Iowa since 1999. They include research on new medicines for many diseases, including kidney and liver ailments, diabetes, heart disease, stroke and arthritis.
Branstad and others referred to a report saying that besides helping patients, such trials support more than 14,000 jobs in Iowa. The efforts also provide opportunities for young researchers to expand their experience, the governor said.
“It certainly fits with our image and our vision of where Iowa can be in the future,” he said.
The event’s sponsors included the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, which is the national trade group for drug makers.
For more information on the new group, and on clinical trials that are recruiting patients in Iowa, go to phrma.org/innovation/research-in-your-backyard.