Some of the United States’ most successful life-science companies have been founded by immigrants, including Pfizer, Merck and Biogen Idec. And the U.S. continues to lead the world in biotechnology, driven by scientists and executives from around the world.
So why is Washington willing to pay for world-class training for foreign-born talent at U.S. universities and then send them back to countries like China and Canada? Some members of Congress want to stem the brain drain of the best and brightest foreign-born graduates. But the bioscience world may be surprised: Life science graduates are excluded from green card bills introduced by both Democrats and Republicans.
Why are life scientists excluded? Watch Benjamin Corb, ASBMB’s director of public affairs, on BioCentury This Week, which aired on Sunday, Nov. 4, to find out!