The 4th annual Partnering For Cures was a two-day meeting held in New York City November 29-30, hosted by FasterCures, a nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating medical breakthroughs. More than 800 leaders in science and medicine from across all sectors of medical research - nonprofits, government agencies, research institutions, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies – gathered to discuss ways to facilitate collaboration and solutions-sharing needed to speed up the time it takes to turn discoveries into therapies. Among its goals is to identify partnership opportunities that will advance outcomes‐driven medical research.
Louis J. DeGennaro, Ph.D, LLS’s chief mission officer, moderated a panel on Friday, Nov. 30, entitled: “Tech Transfer 2.0: Innovation in university commercialization.” The biomedical research and development landscape is growing increasingly complex, and the traditional university model of advancing promising basic scientific research is struggling to keep up with the rapid pace of change. The panel addressed the need for creative approaches to collaboration to help universities bridge the gap from academic research to drug development.
Later in the program, Dr. DeGennaro presented on LLS’s Therapy Acceleration Program, a strategic initiative to identify sponsored research discoveries, implement creative development strategies and form corporate partnerships to advance them in the clinic.
“The Partnering For Cures meeting featured two dynamic days of sharing innovative ideas and offered many opportunities to forge new collaborations, all with the goal of bringing critical therapies more quickly to patients who need them,” Dr. DeGennaro said.