Leveraging Industry-Academia Collaborations in Adaptive Biomedical Innovation

Clin Pharmacol Ther. 2016 Dec;100(6):647-653. doi: 10.1002/cpt.504. Epub 2016 Oct 22.


Despite the rapid pace of biomedical innovation, research and development (R&D) productivity in the pharmaceutical industry has not improved broadly. Increasingly, firms need to leverage new approaches to product development and commercial execution, while maintaining adaptability to rapid changes in the marketplace and in biomedical science. Firms are also seeking ways to capture some of the talent, infrastructure, and innovation that depends on federal R&D investment. As a result, a major transition to external innovation is taking place across the industry. One example of these external innovation initiatives is the Sanofi-MIT Partnership, which provided seed funding to MIT investigators to develop novel solutions and approaches in areas of interest to Sanofi. These projects were highly collaborative, with information and materials flowing both ways. The relatively small amount of funding and short time frame of the awards built an adaptable and flexible process to advance translational science.

MeSH terms

  • Biomedical Research / organization & administration*
  • Cooperative Behavior
  • Diffusion of Innovation*
  • Drug Industry / organization & administration*
  • Efficiency, Organizational
  • Humans
  • Translational Research, Biomedical / organization & administration
  • Universities / organization & administration*