Pharma and Academics Collaborate for Research

Drug companies join with various academic institution to progress research for schizophrenia:

"Nine major pharmaceutical companies have agreed to pool data on drug trials with academic institutions in an effort to improve ways of developing of new medicines to treat psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia.

The collaboration, which involves Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Eli Lilly and Roche among others, will bring together data on 67 trials on 11 licensed drugs and will make up the largest database of clinical trial data in psychiatric research, according to the project's leaders.

"We have learnt a lot of brain science in the last 30 years ... and the expectation is that this knowledge would automatically and quickly translate into new medications," said Shitij Kapur of the Institute of Psychiatry at King's College London, a leaders of the project called Novel Methods leading to New Medications in Depression and Schizophrenia, or NEWMEDS."

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