Enabling Anyone to Translate Clinically Relevant Ideas to Therapies

  • Sean Ekins, Natalie Diaz, Julia Chung, Paul Mathews, Aaron McMurtray
  • Pharmaceutical Research, September 2016, Springer Science + Business Media
  • DOI: 10.1007/s11095-016-2039-5

Anyone can translate ideas to therapies

What is it about?

This perspective was intended to inspire anyone to pursue testing their ideas for potential new therapeutics. Frequently very few people have access to labs, funds and facilities to test their ideas themselves so this article highlights how they might do it.

Why is it important?

Increasingly parents of children with rare diseases and patients are taking matters into their own hands and trying to pursue treatments for their children or themselves. This article sets out how to go from idea to proof of concept and how to fund the research needed. I am not aware of others laying out a simplistic pathway that others could readily follow.


Dr Sean Ekins
Collaborations in Chemistry

Over the past few years I have seen first hand some of the limitations in trying to go from an idea and translate into the clinic or even do the experiment that gets you at the point were you can write a grant. Writing and including these many real-life experiences from our perspectives also help formulate strategies to overcome some of the difficulties. There are pros and cons and these are also described.

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