NIH, biopharma and HGOs launch Accelerating Medicines Partnership (AMP),

   The National Institutes of Health, 10 biopharmaceutical companies and several nonprofit organizations launched The Accelerating Medicines Partnership (AMP), described as “an unprecedented partnership to transform the current model for identifying and validating the most promising biological targets of disease for new diagnostics and drug development.”  The AMP “aims to distinguish biological targets of disease most likely to respond to new therapies and characterize biological indicators of disease, known as biomarkers. Through the Foundation for the NIH (FNIH), AMP partners will invest more than US$230 million over five years in the first projects, which focus on Alzheimer’s disease, type 2 diabetes, and the autoimmune disorders rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus).

A critical and groundbreaking element of the partnership is the agreement that the data and analyses generated will be made publicly available to the broad biomedical community. The three- to five-year, milestone-driven pilot projects in these disease areas could set the stage for broadening AMP to other diseases and conditions.

Full media release: http://www.nih.gov/news/health/feb2014/od-04.htm