An open meeting set by the CPRIT Oversight Committee for March 21st will give citizens a chance to ask pointed questions and challenge the sweeping charges set forth in the committee’s new proposed legislation.
[UPDATED 3/20/13] — CPRIT informed e-mail subscribers late yesterday afternoon that the open meeting scheduled for March 21st has been postponed. No new date for the meeting has been set at this time.
The CPRIT Oversight Committee will host an open meeting this Thursday, March 21st at 11:30 am CST to give Texas residents an opportunity to voice their opinion concerning the recent set of proposals offered to reform the cancer research-funding organization. The proposals, which were laid out in a document posted on the Texas Register last Friday afternoon, arguably seek to eliminate the commercialization arm of CPRIT, as well as dramatically reduce its ability to fund cancer research in Texas, based on preliminary readings of the new legislation.
A copy of the new proposals can be downloaded here.
Texas legislative policy stipulates that such proposed changes must be posted 30 days in advance of being voted on in the Texas legislature. As a result, this upcoming CPRIT Oversight Committeee meeting will be an opportunity for representatives of the Texas biotech and life sciences sector to ask pointed questions about what these proposed changes will mean to the future of their industry in Texas, as well as how cancer research may be reduced or limited as a result of the reforms.
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