New Approaches Avoid Reinventing the Wheel
21 Apr, 2013
Efficiencies in research and development continue to plague the biopharma industry as it works to develop and deliver drug therapies. There are several reasons for this, including a lack of cohesiveness when it comes to approaches to the clinical trials process. Companies have excellent processes but the approaches are disparate; industry-wide practices would assist in overcoming challenges.
In addition, promising biopharma technologies get stuck in the “valley of death” as pharma companies would rather explore new ways to use existing drugs as opposed to navigating the long clinical trials process to develop new therapies. Read “What’s in Store for Biopharma?” to learn about initiatives and organizations that are driving change in the industry.
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