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  •  Actually big pharma is...kinda. (7+ / 0-)

    In the last few years, discovery research in big pharma has been all but eliminated. They are putting significant money now into academic labs. For example, Pfizer has designated a number of institutions as Centers for Therapeutic Innovation (CTI) and they bring academic labs into a single team with their development teams.

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    by Anne Elk on Thu Mar 20, 2014 at 07:07:25 PM PDT

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    •  So we can skip the middleman you think? (0+ / 0-)

      The genius of America's enormous economic power has been in its entrepreneurship, the tiny seedlings growing into mighty oaks.

      Rightwing fruitcakes idolizing monopolistic monsters like a Merck or Pfizer as entrepreneurs is ludicrous.  They make a mockery of the genius of Adam Smith.

      So why can't a Merck or Pfizer make up for the disabilities of the aged, stratified corporate monkey cage by buying academic research?

      - Because, as always, the decisions on how to spend the money and what to develop are made by the aged gentleman (mostly) from another era.

      The classic textbook case of the King of the Jungle trying to destroy a tiny tot and eat his food is GE deciding to get into the computer business when IBM was just starting out.

      It was a complete disaster that anyone can look up.

      Why?  GE had all the money and power, hired the very best from IBM itself and lavished resources on its new computer division.

      In brief, the crucial  decisions were made by MBA types, the modern Sophists, who knew nothing about computers.

      Some laws you can break with impunity.  Natural laws police themselves.

      Best,  Terry

      •  Just telling it like it is. (0+ / 0-)

        Science turns money into knowledge. If we can't get it from the government, we will get it from somewhere else. That's not what anyone wants, but that's reality.

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        by Anne Elk on Sat Mar 22, 2014 at 07:08:52 AM PDT

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    •  The big problem with big pharma is that they have (1+ / 0-)
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      minimal interest in discovery, in learning, in following the facts where the truth leads.  Instead they require something likely to be profitable.  Furthermore, you cannot trust the research they publish, as they try to suppress anything not favorable to making profits.  

      •  Pharma suppress publishing work likely profitable. (0+ / 0-)

        Publishing would wreck their patent. Pharma grants also limit academics publishing their best work. Cutting back on sharing information degrades scientific progress. That is why NIH grants require publication and sharing materials. Pharma grants are not at all equivalent to NIH grants.

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