On Thursday morning, the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) held a legislative markup hearing to debate amendments to S. 2333, the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Response Act (PAHPARA), the reauthorization bill to extend the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA). If enacted as currently drafted, PAHPARA would direct federal agencies to study alternative models for funding biomedical research, including prize systems that have been routinely rejected as a viable model by pro-innovation advocates.
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