Almost all new medicines are discovered by the pharmaceutical industry. It’s an expensive process that requires investment up front, so investors need guarantees, secrecy and patents to safeguard their return. This financial model is a major constraint on the pharmaceutical industry. Medicines for diseases with small markets are not prioritised and areas associated with unclear ...
Making drug development less secretive could lead to quicker, cheaper therapies
By Matthew Todd, Alice Williamson
20 Sep 2016