GSK Encourages Open Innovation and R&D
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has outlined the measures it is taking as part of a new open innovation approach to R&D, including opening up its tuberculosis compound library, investing in its open laboratory in Spain, and sharing detailed clinical trial data with researchers.
According to a press statement, GSK has been making “fundamental” changes to its business model during the past few years to become more open about its R&D activities, as well as to encourage the sharing of intellectual property, knowledge, and resources.
In a statement, Sir Mark Walport, director of the UK’s Wellcome Trust charity, said, “In its commitment towards more openness and collaboration, GSK is setting an example of how the pharmaceutical industry must adapt to help drive forward medical advances. Real breakthroughs do not come out of nowhere, but are born of scientists sharing their knowledge and learning from each other.”
Investment in open laboratory
Clinical trial data
Andrew Witty, CEO of GSK, said, “I believe we have a responsibility to do all we can at GSK to use our resources, knowledge and expertise to help tackle serious global health challenges. However, the complexity of the science and the scale of the challenge mean that we cannot solve these problems alone. We need to take a different approach – one focused on partnership, collaboration, and openness. By being more open with our clinical trial data, we also hope to help further scientific understanding.”