22.01.2013 - Four European top-notch translational health research centres have joined an alliance to accelerate global drug development.
The Global Alliance of Leading Drug Discovery and Development Centres, which pools the expertise of renowned drug development service centres, has the ambitious goal to ultimately improve the rate at which academic research is translated into new medicines. However, the centres are no white spots on the map: the founding organisations include the Canadian Centre for Drug Research and Development (CDRD); the Lead Discovery Center (LDC), Germany; the Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla (US); the Centre for Drug Design and Discovery (CD3), KU Leuven, Belgium; as well as UK-based MRC Technology and Cancer Research Technology.
Dr. Bert Klebl, Managing Director and Chief Scientific Officer of the Lead Discovery Centre stressed, “By joining forces and sharing complementary expertise and infrastructure, we will be even more effective in closing the gap between basic research and industry to the benefit of patients.” The centres said they represent close to 400 drug developers collaborating with tens of thousands of academic scientists around the globe on more than 165 therapeutic projects. The alliance wants to establish itself as partner for the biopharmaceutical industry.
Under the terms of the collaboration agreement, 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 organisations together, leveraging one another's strengths, and ultimately making for a much more effective global translational research environment.”
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