GlaxoSmithKline envisions new research ties to biotechs

What do closer PHARMA ties to Educational Facilities Mean to Independent Research?

One of my favorite ePeriodicals, FIERCE BIOTECH, The BioTech Industry’s Daily Monitor featured this story by John Carroll  today

GSK’s Witty envisions new research ties to biotechs

Anxious to create a more innovative environment to develop new drugs, GlaxoSmithKline CEO Andrew Witty says the pharma giant is exploring ways to link its research facilities around the world to start-up biotech companies that can collaborate on new products.

“Startups could co-locate with us and create a new type of foundation for discovery,” Witty told the International Association of Science Parks conference in Raleigh, home to one of the country’s largest research centers. And he reiterated GSK’s interest in small acquisitions and partnerships to provide a fresh jolt of new ideas for a company in bad need of good drug development programs.

Witty also underscored that the presence of large academic institutions staffed with top researchers won’t be enough to woo companies like GSK in the future. Even more important, he says, is a pro-business attitude “to make the interface between industry and academia porous.”

– check out the report from the News & Observer

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The quote from Andrew Witty, GKS CEO gave me pause:

“Even more important, is a pro-business attitude to make the interface between industry and academia porous.”

Is a porous, pro-business attitude between industry and academia a good thing?  Based our current experience with GKS HPV-vaccine, Cervarix, I’m thinking, perhaps not.

I read this story and followed the links and read the other articles. If you are a business-geek, chip-head like me you can see the symetry of the GSK plan. It makes business sense and takes advantage of the new IT technologies and process to streamline development processes. An old Edwards Deming grad like me throughally approves. The women’s health advocate in me is conncerned that the line between objective research and critical trial results and repoting will be blurred by the technology. GKS has not been the best corporate citizen, old school. GKS in the ‘cloud’ computing environment bare a watchful eye.


Author: H. Sandra Chevalier-Batik

I started the Inconvenient Woman Blog in 2007, and am the product of a long line of inconvenient women. The matriarchal line is French-Canadian, Roman Catholic, with a very feisty Irish great-grandmother thrown in for sheer bloody mindedness. I am a research analyst and author who has made her living studying technical data, and developing articles, training materials, books and web content. Tracking through statistical data, and oblique cross-references to find the relevant connections that identifies a problem, or explains a path of action, is my passion. I love clearly delineating the magic questions of knowledge: Who, What, Why, When, Where and for How Much, Paid to Whom. My life lessons: listen carefully, question with boldness, and personally verify the answers. I look at America through the appreciative eyes of an immigrant, and an amateur historian; the popular and political culture is a ceaseless fascination. I have no impressive initials after my name. I’m merely an observer and a chronicler, an inconvenient woman who asks questions, and sometimes encourages others to look at things differently.