The R&D revolution wants you

Over the last few years, the whole drug R&D ecosystem has been undergoing a sea change. Productivity in R&D on the Big Pharma side of the equation has been abysmal. And on the biotech side the emphasis has been on capital efficiency and cutting-edge innovation--which don't necessarily go hand in hand.

As a result of these forces, we're seeing pharma breaking down many of the old barriers that had been established to guard the research castle. Pharma scientists are being reorganized into smaller groups and redeployed to get closer to the top development hubs, while companies restructure internal research divisions from soup to nuts. And biotechs have been springing up in the richest fields aiming to advance disruptive ideas, increasingly looking to partner up with pharma at a very early stage of development. 

Getting to mid-stage proof of concept data on a careful budget is now one of the most demanding mandates in the industry. And I'll be moderating a breakfast panel on June 19 with a group of experts who will explore just how this trend is reshaping the way drugs are discovered and developed. 

Joining us at the Westin Waterfront in Boston will be Jason Gardner, head of the Center of Excellence in External Drug Discovery for GlaxoSmithKline; "Mene" Pangalos, executive vice president, innovative medicine, at AstraZeneca; Jim Burns, head of the Sanofi Boston R&D hub; biotech veteran Jill Milne, who helped found the virtual biotech company Catabasis Pharmaceuticals; and Bernard Munos, the founder of the InnoThink Center for Research in Biomedical Innovation, one of the most influential industry voices calling for change in R&D.

We're hosting this discussion as an affiliated event to the big BIO annual confab. So if you're already in Boston, or planning to attend BIO, I hope to see you there. It's one of the most important discussions now under way in biopharma. You won't want to miss it. And if there's something you'd like to tell me about, be sure to come by after the breakfast. I'm staying until the last guest leaves. Register for the breakfast here. -- John Carroll, Editor-in-Chief. Follow me on Twitter and LinkedIn.