CommentaryMedical Innovation

Translational Medicine: An Engine of Change for Bringing New Technology to Community Health

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Science Translational Medicine  04 Nov 2009:
Vol. 1, Issue 5, pp. 5cm5
DOI: 10.1126/scitranslmed.3000222


Bringing a new medical technology from the lab to the clinic is a daunting prospect, but making sure that same innovation is available to the average patient has proven to be even more challenging. Translational medicine is a movement intended to help bench researchers and bedside clinicians learn from each other for the benefit of patients. This goal can best be accomplished if a patient-centered focus is incorporated throughout the R&D continuum and changes are made so that biomedical innovation serves the broadest needs within the shortest period of time. All sectors of the biomedical enterprise must be engaged and committed for these changes to occur. If actions are taken in concert, we should see real change in one generation.


  • Citation: C.-P. Milne, K. I. Kaitin, Translational medicine: An engine of change for bringing new technology to community health. Sci. Transl. Med. 1, 5cm5 (2009).

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