The Translational Medicine Center
With the goal of helping to improve production, the Translational Medicine Center is forging a collaborative relationship between industry and academia. This collaboration strives to provide cutting edge care for patients by overcoming the barriers to the creation of successful new therapies and accelerating new drug development.
Academia has traditionally excelled at early stage research, knowledge of disease pathways, and expertise in human biology and pathophysiology. The biotech and pharmaceutical industries are unparalleled in their understanding of medicinal chemistry, drug design and development. They have the molecules, money and methodologies for moving drugs into clinics. But understanding human disease has proven too complex for either group to handle independently. Drug discovery and the development of novel therapies have become slow, expensive and inefficient. The Translational Medicine Center seeks to bridge this gap by providing the guidance, critical resources and infrastructure to facilitate a successful collaboration between the two communities in order to address unmet clinical needs.
By leveraging and expanding the world-renowned and unique assets of the Harvard Community and Boston’s larger biomedical community, the Translational Medicine Center creates new approaches for the diagnosis and treatment of human disease. Partners founders, Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, provide an impressive pool of resources that allow us to focus on proof of concept (PoC) studies in which new therapies are tested for the first time in people with the condition that the drug is expected to treat.
Working together, our interdisciplinary teams have created a Laboratory of Human Investigation which brings together the strengths of industry and academia, resulting in improved leading edge therapeutics for our patients and enhanced training for our students.
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