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Industry–academia collaborations for biomarkers


Several types of collaboration are being pursued to identify, validate and apply new biomarkers. Here, we highlight examples of such initiatives and discuss the challenges, approaches to address these challenges and key factors for success.

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The authors would like to thank T. Schlange, M. Lessl, H. Dorsch (all at Bayer, Germany), and H.-D. Volk (at the Berlin-Brandenburg Center for Regenerative Therapies, Charité, Berlin, Germany) for helpful discussions, and P. Carrigan for critical reading of the manuscript.

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L.L. and P.R. have no conflict of interest to declare. K.A., A.B. and M.G. are employees and shareholders of Bayer.

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Asadullah, K., Busch, A., Gottwald, M. et al. Industry–academia collaborations for biomarkers. Nat Rev Drug Discov 14, 805–806 (2015).

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