Where Drugs Come From: A Comprehensive Look

May 28, 2019

On the roles of academia and industry in drug discovery. Which is a topic that refuses to go away. I am prepared to swear that before starting this blog I had no idea of how many people are convinced that the drug industry does little or no research, and that academic labs discover all the drugs. I will gladly send anyone unfamiliar with the real situation to this new article, because I think it does an excellent job of laying out just who does what in this business. Short answer: it’s a team effort, of course, and we all do different (and valuable) things. As Flier puts it, “Most fundamental biologic insights have resulted from work by academic scientists. .“, but the view that all industry does is monetize academic discoveries “reflects a limited understanding of the work carried out by the pharmaceutical and biotech industries“. I could not agree more. When someone says that industry doesn’t do research, etc., I just want to ask them what I’ve been up to for.  .well, thirty years this fall. I hope that this article proves especially valuable because it’s coming from someone in academia – my own arguments on the subject, while vigorous and heartfelt, are surely taken as tendentious special pleading by the people whose views I’d most like to change. That link, though, will take you to over ten years of said arguments, for what that’s worth.

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