Over the past three years, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) have approved around 200 novel drugs for human use (1,2). Not a large number considering the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) citation that for every 5,000 to 10,000 compounds that enter the pipeline, only one receives approval (3).
Pre-competitive collaboration allows a group of competing companies to come together to develop a solution for a problem that they all share, and from which none of them would gain a competitive advantage.
BioPharma and CROs are riding the latest wave - discovery research - together with a vigour and gusto that might have seemed implausible five years ago. How these collaborations are structured, and how well they function, can vary widely, though.
The Bio-Pharma business model is undergoing radical changes. Over the last two decades, we have seen the biopharmaceutical industry gradually become more willing to look externally and embrace the concept of outsourcing as it looks for new sources of discovery and innovation.
Many disapprove of science faculty at American universities procuring corporate ventures that support research, instead of primarily functioning as an instructor, mentor and basic researcher. This perception is most evident surrounding biomedical research at public universities. In addition, some object that corporate-funded projects involve student research.