The biopharma industry is facing some tough times, says Forbes' David Shaywitz. Old products' patents are expiring and new products are hard to come by. But the pharma industry isn't entirely to blame for this lack of innovation — academia is also coming up short, Shaywitz says, adding, "My sense is that if scientists from both universities and industry had been able to better characterize and more deeply understanding the fundamental basis of most dreadful diseases, then more effective drugs would certainly have been forthcoming." While both academia and industry have their problems, an "emerging hope" is taking shape, he says. One of the problems standing the way of innovation is that researchers don't communication with each other. What's needed is collaboration and "open innovation," which could help find new uses for existing medications, Shaywitz says. "First, the research highlights the value of open innovation, of permitting those with the best understanding of 'the problem to be solved' to actually solve the problem," he adds. "Second, it also highlights the role of the inquisitive physician, and emphasizes the impact an impassioned physician can have in the development of new medical therapies."
Something New: Apr 12, 2011
Apr 12, 2011