“I passionately believe that the voice of the scientific community needs to be heard by politicians... Scientific innovation is a key engine that drives the U.S. economy and is vital for our nation’s global competitiveness.”Good sentiments, one that I might agree with. Who said it?:
[ACS Committee on Chemistry and Public Affairs] member Hui Cai of San Diego, who is vice president of corporate alliances at WuXi AppTec, a global contract research organization.Calling WuXi AppTec a "global contract research organization" is sort of like calling the Department of Defense a "global protective services provider."
Yes, WuXi owns a few facilities in the United States. But let us call it for what it is: a Chinese outsourcing firm that (with its willing Big (and sometimes, small!) Pharma partners) has transferred many medicinal chemistry jobs from the US to China. I find terribly ironic that one of WuXi's employees is lobbying Congress for research funding; doubtless, it's a good deal for WuXi, in that many of their top employees have been trained with US funding.