Government introduces research partnership to advance clinical trials

Government introduces research partnership to advance clinical trials

The government has today launched a new research partnership to promote the advancement of clinical trials.

Two National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) partnerships will accelerate the development of innovative treatments for respiratory and joint inflammatory diseases from the lab to patients, according to the government.

"These National Institute for Health Research partnerships are a perfect example of how the government is creating the right environment for life sciences industries," stated Lord Howe, health minister.

"They will [...] accelerat(e) the progress of early stage health research projects from the lab to benefiting patients," he continued.

The government currently funds health research through the NIHR and the Medical Research Council (MRC).

While it is hoped that this new initiative advances clinical trials, further work is needed to facilitate the rapid translation of research findings into health and economic benefits, according to the NIHR.

Sir David Cooksey suggests that the key to achieving this is the establishment of a new Office for Strategic Coordination of Health Research to control budgetary requirements and research strategy.

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