CommentaryDrug Discovery

Driving Drug Discovery: The Fundamental Role of Academic Labs

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Science Translational Medicine  05 May 2010:
Vol. 2, Issue 30, pp. 30cm16
DOI: 10.1126/scitranslmed.3000169


Academic labs have been responsible for virtually all of the basic science discoveries that translate into the discovery and development of innovative new medicines. There is a growing concern that large pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies are not able to sustain research pipelines that bring new compounds into drug development that translate into innovative new medicines, especially in areas with high unmet medical need. To address the needs of patients, caregivers, and society, academic labs have played and can continue to play an important role at one or more stages in the development of innovative medicines, both directly and through collaborations with researchers in pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. Collaboration is in the best interests of patients and society if it accelerates the translation of basic science discoveries to new medicines that address unmet medical needs.


  • Citation: B. M. Silber, Driving drug discovery: The fundamental role of academic labs. Sci. Transl. Med. 2, 30cm16 (2010).

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