Partnerships? We Don't Need No Stinkin' Partnerships

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  • 02/19/2008
The Tufts Center for Drug Development -- enemy territory for drugwonks because of its concentration of RedSox rooters -- held a session on business models to improve R and D productivity recently...The takeaway point:

“No company – big, medium, or small pharma, or biotech – will develop new drugs entirely alone,” claimed the Center’s director, Kenneth Kaitin, at a recent panel meeting of industry executives in the US.

“Increasingly, R&D productivity gains will depend on developers focusing on what they contribute best to the drug development value chain and partnering with organisations that provide capabilities that are too expensive to develop or maintain internally, or are outside of the company’s core competence,” he added.
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Meanwhile the Institute on Medicine as Profession, which is leading the purge of all contacts between industry and academia has a new program designed to cut the private sector out of drug development altogether. It is being lead by one of the leaders in drug discovery, David Rothman, PhD. ....Where would the government -- yes the government would be in charge -- get the money? What's in your wallet?
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