Biomedic innovations and clinical research - Competition and regulation
In progress from 30-05-2007 to 30-06-2009
Project manager: Dr. Bernhard Bührlen, Fraunhofer-Institut für System- und Innovationsforschung (ISI)
Biotechnology, Expert-based, Health, Innovation, Medical technology
Clinical research is a central constituent in the development of new pharmaceuti-cals and other methods of medical treatment, because about half of the time and cost of RD&D is devoted to it. In spite of internationally recognised and legally codified directives there are large discrepancies in their implementation in different countries. German industry claims to suffer competitive disadvantages and a ten-dency to withdraw clinical research from Germany is obvious, which could have consequences both for employment and the supply of innovative medication to pa-tients. On the other hand new biotechnology-based treatments gain importance for industry and health care, e.g. »biosimilars«, therapeutic antibodies, gene- and cell-therapy, tissue engineering and nanoscale drug delivery. Because of their innovative mode of operation they could pose novel challenges and risks to clinical research but also to ethical and safety issues.
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The project will take stock of new treatments and classes of agents and will assess the (national and EU-wide) framework of regulation with respect to the require-ments for further development. An international country comparison will clarify the German position in the international context.