Matthew R. Bailey has been named President of the Foundation for Biomedical Research (FBR) and the National Association for Biomedical Research (NABR). He was previously the Executive Vice President for both organizations. “The ultimate goal of FBR and NABR is to educate the public and policy makers about the irreplaceable role of animal research,” Bailey said, “and we will do that by demonstrating how animal research improves the lives of both humans and companion animals.”
“The public often gets caught up in the myth that animal testing and research doesn’t translate to humans,” said Mr. Bailey. “We forget that animal testing and research actually helps animals’ lives, too.”
“Last year, Americans spent $60B on their pets, much of it on pet healthcare. It is imperative every pet owner understands that without animal research their pets wouldn’t benefit from new veterinary treatments for cancer, new vaccines for emerging diseases, and the best possible nutrition available. Thanks to animal research our pets live longer and healthier lives than ever before.”
Bailey joined NABR in 2005, was appointed Vice President in 2008, and was appointed Executive Vice President in 2014. In early 2016, he was tapped to serve as Executive Vice President for NABR’s sister organization, the Foundation for Biomedical Research.
Frankie Trull, founder and former president of FBR and NABR, said of her successor, “I’ve had the opportunity to work with Matt and watch him grow as a leader for eleven years and I could not have left both organizations in better hands. He has demonstrated the energy and passion that has made FBR and NABR the premier advocates for the biomedical research community. I am confident that Matt will lead both organizations successfully into the next chapter.”
A deep dedication to supporting the search for cures and treatments for diseases is an undeniable requirement for such a role. And many who have worked with Matt agree that he is the right person for the job.
“Matt is an outstanding leader who brings great commitment to his work as a dedicated advocate for biomedical research,” said Claire Pomeroy, MD, MBA, President of the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation and FBR Board Chair. “He passionately articulates the FBR message that ‘animal research saves lives’ and effectively brings together stakeholders ensuring that scientists are able to continue their research to improve both animal and human health. As we battle new diseases such as Zika, as well as long-standing illnesses including cancer and heart disease, his voice will help safeguard the efforts to create a healthier world through scientific inquiry.”
“The NABR Board is thrilled that Matt has chosen to assume this important responsibility. We are grateful for his leadership, and look forward to working with him as we advance the biomedical research mission,” said Mark Hamrick, PhD, NABR Board Chair and Regent's Professor, Medical College of Georgia.
As a government relations and communications professional with extensive experience in science and technology issues, Mr. Bailey’s Washington career has spanned more than 20 years. His expertise was instrumental in the bi-partisan passage of the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) into law which provides greater protection for the biomedical research community and their families against intimidation, threats, and harassment.
A graduate of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Mr. Bailey was appointed to serve as a Congressional Liaison for the United States Secretary of Commerce in 1996, and later went on to handle Congressional Affairs for the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST). His bi-partisan Capitol Hill experience includes time as both a legislative aide for Senator Dale Bumpers (D) of Arkansas and Representative Connie Morella (R) of Maryland.
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