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Science Center CEO Advocates for Funding for Scientific Research at U.S. Senate Committee Hearing

PHILADELPHIA--(November 6, 2013) – University City Science Center President & CEO Stephen S. Tang, Ph.D., MBA, advocated for more effective ways to maximize the nation’s return on its investment in Federally funded research and development, as he testified at a hearing of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 in Washington, DC. The hearing, chaired by Sen. John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV (D-WV), examined why the Federal government must continue to invest in R&D, technology transfer and STEM education, and how these investments drive innovation and the U.S. economy. During his remarks, Dr. Tang supported the reauthorization of the America COMPETES Act, as well as an increase in the allocation of existing Federal funding for translational research, commercialization, and tech transfer by universities and companies alike, as a complement to the nation’s historic emphasis on basic research. Dr. Tang also called for the expansion of the ability of tech-based economic development organizations like the Science Center, which are not degree-granting academic institutions, to apply for and secure Federal grants from the National Science Foundation and other agencies. “These moves would enable organizations like ours to ultimately help speed the acceleration of cutting-edge technologies from lab to market,” he explained. Dr. Tang became President and CEO of the Science Center in 2008. The nation’s oldest and largest urban research park, the Science Center is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2013. Dr. Tang holds a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Lehigh University and an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He has an extensive background in technology commercialization and business development. Previously, he led a company through venture funding and an initial public offering, and later served as a senior executive with a large life sciences company as it acquired and integrated smaller start-ups. In 2011, Dr. Tang was appointed to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Innovation Advisory Board. This 15-member panel, established under the last reauthorization of America COMPETES, guided a study of U.S. economic competitiveness and innovation, to help inform national policies at the heart of U.S. job creation and global competitiveness. The COMPETES report “made several thoughtful recommendations, and the President has since issued a number of Executive Orders that have drawn attention to this subject,” Tang noted. “However, I believe that additional legislative action is needed to translate these ideas into concrete results.” Click here to read more. Click here to view a transcript of Tang's testimony.

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