Washington Update

FASEB Provides Feedback on U.S. Bioeconomy

By: Yvette Seger
Thursday, October 24, 2019

Last month, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking stakeholder input on the U.S. bioeconomy, or “the infrastructure, innovation, products, technology, and data derived from biologically-related processes and science that drive economic growth, promote health, and increase public benefit.”

FASEB’s response to the RFI reflected long-standing organizational positions on core issues of interest to its 29 member societies:

  • reducing duplicative or unnecessary regulatory oversight of research initiatives
  • ensuring a diverse research workforce prepared to utilize new technologies to address key scientific questions
  • establishing a strong research infrastructure that maximizes the exchange of resources and data across the research community.

OSTP will use feedback from the RFI to identify opportunities and challenges for sustaining a robust U.S. bioeconomy and identify areas that could benefit from additional federal support.