Now that all three of the assessments are completed, COSEPUP will begin to discuss the feasibility and utility of the benchmarking process and will make whatever recommendations it deems appropriate.

The committee appreciates all the hard work and dedication of the panel members and thanks them for their help and cooperation in completing this report.

This report has been reviewed by persons chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise, in accordance with procedures approved by the National Research Council's Report Review Committee. The purpose of this independent review is to obtain candid and critical comments that will assist the authors and COSEPUP in making the published report as sound as possible and to ensure that the report meets the institutional standards of objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the study charge. The content of the review comments and draft manuscript remains confidential to protect the integrity of the deliberative process. We wish to thank the following for their participation in the review of this report:

Jeffrey Bluestone, Director, Ben May Institute for Cancer Research

Suzan Cozzens, Chair, School of Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology

Frank Fitch, Albert D. Lasker Professor Emeritus, Ben May Institute for Cancer Research

Maureen Henderson, Professor Emeritus of Epidemiology and Medicine, University of Washington

Richard Locksley, Department of Medicine, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of California San Francisco

Tak Mak, Ontario Cancer Institute, Department of Immunology and Medical Biophysics, University of Toronto

Carl Nathan, Beatrice and Samuel A. Seaver Laboratory, Department of Medicine, Cornell University Medical College

Joseph Newhouse, John D. MacArthur Professor of Health Policy and Management, Harvard University

Philippa Marrack, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, National Jewish Medical and Research Center

Edward Penhoet, Vice Chairman and CEO, Chiron Corporation

Klaus Rajewsky, Institute for Genetics, University of Cologne

Martin Weigert, Department of Molecular Biology, Princeton University

Arthur Weiss, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of California

Although those just listed have provided many constructive comments and suggestions, responsibility for the final content of this report rests solely with the author panel and COSEPUP. Finally, the project was aided by the invaluable help of COSEPUP professional staff: Deborah D. Stine, study director, and Tamara Zemlo, research associate.

Phillip A. Griffiths

Chair

Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy



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