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Reflections on the Innovative Medicines Initiative

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The pharmaceutical industry is developing new collaborative models for drug development. This article discusses the experience so far of the Innovative Medicines Initiative, which is currently the largest public–private partnership that is dedicated to pharmaceutical innovation, highlighting lessons learned for the success of precompetitive consortia.

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I would like to thank S. Black, K. De Rijck, A. Juliens and M. Poinot for their valuable assistance in the preparation of the paper, and A. Smith for his critical reading of the manuscript and useful suggestions.

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Michel Goldman is the Executive Director of the Innovative Medicines Initiative.

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Ongoing projects of the Innovative Medicines Initiative in 2011 (PDF 299 kb)

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Intellectual property in the Innovative Medicines Initiative (PDF 242 kb)

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Goldman, M. Reflections on the Innovative Medicines Initiative. Nat Rev Drug Discov 10, 321–322 (2011).

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