Collaboration aims to accelerate drug discovery in mental health care

COMPASS Pathways joins the Psychiatry Consortium in a collaboration to accelerate drug discovery in mental health care

COMPASS Pathways (CMPS), a mental health care company dedicated to accelerating patient access to evidence-based innovation in mental health, has joined the Psychiatry Consortium, an international collaboration to accelerate drug discovery and development in areas of urgent, unmet medical need.

The Psychiatry Consortium, managed by Medicines Discovery Catapult, is a strategic collaboration of leading medical research charities and pharmaceutical companies focusing on the challenge of identifying and validating novel drug targets to address the unmet therapeutic needs of people living with mental health conditions. COMPASS Pathways will work alongside Psychiatry Consortium members and academic partners to advance research projects, providing support through access to funding, expertise, and commercialisation know-how. The Psychiatry Consortium seeks project proposals from the global psychiatric research community via biannual open calls for applications – the next call for applications will open in January 2021.

Dr Gary Gilmour, Director of Preclinical Research, COMPASS Pathways, said, “The scale of today’s mental health crisis is huge, and is getting bigger every day. The Psychiatry Consortium is bringing leading experts and resources together to speed up and reinvigorate the drug discovery process, and we are proud to be part of it. By working towards a common goal, we can bring evidence-based innovations to the people who need them, as quickly as possible.”

Image credit: Alina Grugnyak

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