Medicines and emerging science

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One of the European Medicines Agency's long-term strategic goals is to foster research and the uptake of innovative methods in the development of medicines.

This helps the Agency to meet its objective of making safe and effective medicines available to patients in a timely manner, following evaluation using state-of-the-art methods.

The Agency also supports the development of new therapies and technologies by working with interested parties in the European Union (EU).

Activities at the Agency

In 2004, the Agency set up the European Medicines Agency/Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) Think-Tank Group on Innovative Drug Development.

This group included Agency staff and members of the CHMP and its working parties. Its work focused on identifying scientific bottlenecks and emerging science in the development of medicines, both in industry research and development and in academia, and on generating recommendations for future activities at the Agency:

In 2008 the EMA and its Scientific Committees integrated the recommendations made by the Think Tank in its strategy for supporting innovative medicines developments. Key areas of action included the strengthening of the EU scientific network model, emphasis on communication during the lifecycle of medicinal products development and international activities. Overview of measures implemented in the period 2008-2010.

The recently published Road Map to 2015 further expands on the role the Agency plays to promote innovation in pharmaceuticals.

The Agency also contributes to the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI). This is a public-private initiative that aims to speed up the development of better and safer medicines for patients:

Support for business

The Agency provides support for business on issues related to innovative medicines:

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