Alliance of translational research centres established to accelerate global drug development
Six of the world’s top translational health research centres today announced that they have come together to form a new Global Alliance of Leading Drug Discovery and Development Centres. The aim of this alliance is to strengthen the international academic and/or not-for-profit drug development and commercialisation network to ultimately improve the rate at which academic research is translated into new medicines.
The founding organisations are:
- Cancer Research Technology, United Kingdom
- The Centre for Drug Research and Development (CDRD), Canada
- Lead Discovery Center (LDC), Germany
- The Scripps Research Institute, Scripps Florida, United States
- The Centre for Drug Design and Discovery (CD3), KU Leuven R&D, Belgium
- Medical Research Council Technology, United Kingdom
All member organisations are fully-integrated translational centres capable of professionally advancing drug discovery projects along the value chain from idea to drug candidate with proof-of-concept. Together, they represent close to 400 experienced drug developers collaborating with tens of thousands of academic scientists around the globe on over 165 highly innovative therapeutic projects targeting significant unmet medical needs. For the biopharmaceutical industry, they represent a major source of innovation. Numerous alliances with many of the industry’s leading global companies have been established to develop resulting drug candidates further and ultimately make them available to patients.
Through this Alliance, member organisations will collaborate on mutually-beneficial projects, share best practices, expertise and resources, and develop common standards and performance measurements – ultimately working together to improve the conversion of global early-stage technology into much needed therapies.
Karimah Es Sabar, President and CEO of CDRD commented, “We see a multitude of translational research initiatives around the world, but until now, these have for the most part, worked in isolation of one another. This Alliance will be a powerful vehicle in bringing such organizations together, leveraging one another’s strengths, and ultimately making for a much more effective global translational research environment.”
Dr Keith Blundy, chief executive officer, Cancer Research Technology, said: “Cancer Research Technology has historically worked to advance drug discovery opportunities from diverse academic sources including those in the UK, Europe, USA and Australia. This alliance of leading centres fits perfectly with our aim to grow this activity, to share our knowledge and to learn from others with the ultimate goal of providing more and better drugs for cancer patients.”
For additional information visit www.drugdevelopmentalliance.org on the Global Alliance of Leading Drug Discovery and Development Centres.
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