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A Common Quality Language for Better Biomedical Research Results - Ulo Palm, Forest Research Institute


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Ulo Palm, a speaker at the marcus evans Evolution Summit 2012, on the necessity of common quality standards in unregulated biomedical research.
Interview with: Ulo Palm, Senior Vice President - Clinical Operations & Biometrics, Forest Research Institute

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A Common Quality Language for Better Biomedical Research Results - Ulo Palm, Forest Research Institute

  1. 1. A Common Quality Language for BetterBiomedical Research Results producing different results that others should not be any rules, but if you want are then unsuccessfully trying to to be productive with your creativity, validate. The majority of the efforts put you need to use tools in the way they into biomedical research are going into were designed for. replicating work, instead of building on each other’s work and creating For example, you cannot be a very synergies. If you take into account that creative musician without knowing how USD 100 billion a year is spent on to play any instruments. Only when you mostly non-reproducible biomedical know and follow the basic rules can your research, this has major implications mind free up for creativity. You do not from a productivity perspective. want to be creative in how you conduct your research, but in the concept of Besides not spending our money research. If the technical aspects ofInterview with: Ulo Palm, Senior efficiently, we seem to be unable to turn biomedical research were standardized,Vice President - Clinical Operations the promises of modern biology into scientists would really be able to focus& Biometrics, Forest Research new effective drugs for patients on the science.Institute worldwide. We need a common quality language to What should these standards create synergies in biomedical researchThe lack of a common language on the include? How would compliance be that could lead to breakthroughs forquality of non-regulated biomedical monitored? patients who are desperately waiting forresearch is resulting in the poor new research outcomes.reproducibility of findings, says Ulo They must cover the process from thePalm, Senior Vice President - Clinical concept of an idea to the publishing ofOperations & Biometrics, Forest research results. This is about creating aResearch Institute. This is wasting common language in biomedicalvaluable resources and hindering research.innovation, as the majority of the workis having to be repeated by differentlaboratories, he adds. These standards should be voluntary; we still have to continue to trust people. This is aboutA speaker at the upcoming marcus Scientists would state whether they followed the standards and over time, creatingevans Evolution Summit 2012, inWheeling, Illinois, April 30 - May 2, there would be methods developed to verify that they did. To start with, if labs a common language inPalm discusses how common standards were requested to provide a statementfor non-regulated biomedical research that they did follow the standards, itwould create synergies that could lead would go a long drug development breakthroughs. Would such standards nurture or biomedicalFrom your perspective, why is therepoor reproducibility of biomedical hinder innovation and creativity? researchresearch findings? They would increase creativity significantly. There is a misconception ofThere are no common quality standards what creativity is. People often thinkor methods, therefore laboratories are that in order to be creative, there
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