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The Strategic Alliances initiative at Massachusetts General Hospital was launched to support early stage translational research. The goal is to connect the research push from our labs and centers with the market pull from industry, creating partnerships that will speed the development of new treatments for patients.
Taking a research idea from bench to bedside is similar to passing a baton between two runners. It is not a simple handoff.
Instead, both runners work together to make the transition mid-stride, ensuring that the baton never stops moving towards the finish line.
In the same way, academia needs to work with industry to move new discoveries along the translational pipeline, from fundamental science to proof-of-concept to development and transfer to market with the ultimate goal of providing better and more affordable patient care.
A fundamental component of the Mass General Research Institute's mission is helping scientists to engage in more productive and long-lasting collaborations with industry at all stages of their work: from basic research and proof of concept (early translation) to development and transfer to market (late translation).
The Office of the Scientific Director has been working toward implementing a more comprehensive early-stage translational research program under the Strategic Alliances Initiative, a pioneering academic model connecting the on-going research at Mass General (research push) to market needs (market pull).
The essential ingredients of this connection are:
The goal is to gain deep understanding of how companies would look at our research programs and to receive guidance on how to best move forward along the translational pathway.
We have also developed the outline of a unique training program to teach Mass General scientists why and how to think about potential translational applications of their research, how to develop a plan that includes research, intellectual property and business perspectives, how to build and manage a translation team, and how to interact with industry.
For more information about the Strategic Alliance initiative, please contact:
Gabriela Apiou, PhDDirector, Strategic AlliancesMass General Research InstituteContact by email | See Dr. Apiou's profile
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