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Research in the developed world (a view from the Wellcome Trust) 

Research in the developed world (a view from the Wellcome Trust)
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Research in the developed world (a view from the Wellcome Trust)
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Jeremy Farrar

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10.1093/med/9780198746690.003.0023
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date: 27 February 2021

The entire health system seeks to prevent disease, or diagnose and intervene effectively to limit its impact. The goal of most funders of medically related research in the developed world is to support research that is upstream of that which is relevant and attractive to health providers or pharmaceutical companies, and to work synergistically in the health research ecosystem with these and other complementary organizations when appropriate. It is often impossible to predict which advances in basic science will lead to breakthroughs, but if this upstream work is not done, then in the mid and long term, the flow of medical advances will dry up.

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