Nobel laureate and Stanford Professor Roger Kornberg, PhD, in an op-ed he co-wrote for the San Jose Mercury News:
NIH funding also is essential to continue educating and training our nation's best scientists. It is the lifeline that draws and sustains many innovative and thoughtful young researchers. Without such opportunities, these young people could gravitate to nonscientific fields. The likely result: a U.S. workforce not educated sufficiently for the 21st century and a biomedical research and technology industry that is far less competitive in the global marketplace.
Previously: Report: NIH investments created $68 billion in economic activity last year