UPDATE: For readers looking for information instead of a cynical blog post, here are some links:
- NIH Proposes New Center to Accelerate Drug Development, from the Wall Street Journal Health Blog, December 8, 2010
- Translation under one roof, SciBX, Published online December 16, 2010
- NIH’s Plan to Break Up a Center, Science Magazine, January 19, 2011
- NIH’s Collins Explains Why NCRR Must Go, Science Magazine, January 21, 2011
- FAQ: Proposed National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, nih.gov
Maybe more government is the answer
“The Obama administration has become so concerned about the slowing pace of new drugs coming out of the pharmaceutical industry that officials have decided to start a billion-dollar government drug development center to help create medicines.” — Federal Research Center Will Help Develop Medicines
Innovation is too slow, you see, so we need to bring in the US Federal Government.
Maybe they can fund it with a tax on drug companies.
UPDATE 26 January 2011, because it seems marginally relevant:
“Abbott Laboratories said Wednesday that it would cut 1,900 jobs, or 6 percent, of its U.S. workforce in the wake of a series of disappointments in its drug development pipeline, triggering a restructuring of pharmaceutical commercial and manufacturing operations.” — Abbott to cut 1,900 jobs in restructuring