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Collaboration for success: the value of strategic col-laborations for precision medicine and biomarker discovery

Lilla Landeck, Monika Lessl, Joachim Reischl, Andreas Busch, Patricia Carrigan, Matthias Gottwald, Petra Reinke, Khusru Asadullah

Abstract

Precision medicine aims to provide the precise treatment for the patient with the right dose at the right point of time. Biomarkers (BM) are vital for the identification of patients who would benefit the most from individualized treatment. In addition, they help to enable the prediction of prognosis, the detection of early therapeutic and adverse effects, and may serve as surrogate endpoints in clinical trials. BM are becoming essential tools to increase productivity in drug discovery and impressively enhance the way medicine is practiced. However, the identification, sufficient validation and implementation of such BM are challenging. This process requires expertise from different areas and high resource investments. Collaborations of different partners may be helpful to overcome these challenges. In the past decade, collaborations between diagnostics and pharmaceutical companies as well as industrial–academic collaborations have been increasingly pursued. Moreover, public funding may offer support and open new opportunities to form such consortia. Herein we give an overview of the different types of collaborations, their opportunities and challenges, and describe experiences in forming strategic partnerships with other companies.

Keywords

precision medicine; consortia; drug discovery; patient selection; public funding

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18063/APM.2016.01.002
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