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ACADEMIA & INDUSTRY WORKING TOGETHER TO FIGHT CANCER

Added: (Fri Nov 24 2000)

Pressbox (Press Release) - Two of the most influential UK bodies within clinical research are joining forces to host an event to help fight cancer.

The Institute of Clinical Research and BODMA (British Oncology Data Management Association) will be uniting on 6 February 2001 at Royal College of Pathologists, London to discuss ways forward for industry and academia to work together.

Many drugs begin life in University research units before being developed by pharmaceutical companies. The relationship between both sectors is essential for the continued development of drugs, and also for the funding of research in NHS and University research units.

The debate aims to investigate the close ties between industry and academia in the testing and prescribing of drugs; and will focus on whether the academic centres are becoming too dependent on industry for funding? Crucial questions will be tackled, whether or not the work undertaken by University research centres is taking second place to that funded by pharmaceutical companies? What is the future for oncology clinical trials in the UK?, and how can pharmaceutical companies be sure that NHS will prescribe their drugs?

Penny Maguire, Chairman, Institute of Clinical Research, remarks:
“As an institute we aim to help industry and academia to work together in the best way possible. At this meeting we hope to raise issues that will assist in the successful and mutually beneficial continuation of this relationship.
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The discussion forum will include Professor Malcolm Stevens, Cancer Research Laboratories, University of Nottingham and Professor Hilary Calvert, Director of Cancer Research Unit, University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne; from the industry’s side Dr George Blackledge, VP Medical Director of Oncology, AstraZeneca, and Alan Jones, Independent Health Policy Analyst.
To attend the meeting please contact: Tel: 01628 829900.
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NOTE TO EDITOR
The Institute of Clinical Research was formerly the ACRPI (Association of Clinical Research for the Pharmaceutical Industry).

The Institute of Clinical Research gained Institute status in July 2000.

For further information:
Hilary Collins/Annette Maylam,
Vail & Associates,
Tel: 020 7738 0722

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