Scott Got­tlieb to bio­phar­ma: You want­ed us to help mod­ern­ize R&D, now go out and do it

FDA com­mis­sion­er Scott Got­tlieb is us­ing the fi­nal days of his brief term to scold the drug R&D world for fail­ing to keep up. Wide­ly praised for his work aimed at mod­ern­iz­ing the re­search tech and strate­gies used to ad­vance new drugs, Got­tlieb says that drug de­vel­op­ers aren’t tak­ing ad­van­tage of the new, more ef­fi­cient ap­proach­es to clin­i­cal work — and that needs to change.

It’s not just the drug mak­ers, says Got­tlieb. CROs, who do much of the heavy lift­ing in the clin­ic, share a con­sid­er­able por­tion of the blame.

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