The Coalition for the Life Sciences (CLS) congratulates Dr. Francis Collins on his decades of exemplary service as the director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The nation is fortunate to have had you at the helm of this critical agency that has a direct impact on every American.
Under your leadership, NIH-funded scientists and clinicians have continued to produce some of the world’s most promising and life-changing research findings leading to new treatments and cures, and healthier lives for patients. Many novel therapies have been developed under the scope of the several interdisciplinary research initiatives that you have envisioned and implemented within the NIH and in partnership with other federal agencies.
Your passion, enthusiasm, and skill in inspiring researchers is matched only by your impressive ability to connect with the public, joining the nation together in support of the medical research enterprise exemplified by the NIH.
Your efforts to promote a diverse and inclusive workforce are also significant. By emphasizing the importance of a strong pipeline of future researchers, you engaged the nation’s youth and encourage them to explore a scientific career path.
Your legacy of scientific expertise and leadership will surely endure for decades to come.