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Center for Integration of Science and Industry

Center for Integration of Science and Industry

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Mission

The mission of the Center for Integration of Science and Industry is to "understand the process by which science is translated for public value, and accelerate this translation by engaging science and industry in interdisciplinary dialogue, scholarship, and education."

The Center brings together the perspectives of natural science, business, analytics, and policy to understand, and advance, the path of translational science and the business models that create public value from the fruits of scientific discovery.

Dr. Fred Ledley
Bentley's Center for Integration of Science and Industry is pretty unique. It's a research center at a school that has both a great business tradition and a great science department and our role is really to try to bring that together.
Dr. Fred Ledley
Director, Center for Integration of Science and Industry

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"Professor Ledley discovered that there was a large disconnect between the business people and biotech companies, as well as the scientist, where the businessmen didn't understand the science and the scientists don't understand the business."

- JR Brennan '15, former undergraduate research assistant

 

CISI February 2020 newsletter

Newsletter

Read what the Center has been up to over the past few months in the first edition of our biannual Newsletter.

Read the February 2020 Newsletter

Research & News

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Stands Up to Big Pharma

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortz uses information from the Center for Integration of Science and Industry's PNAS paper to build a case around "... your tax dollars are helping big pharmaceutical companies get rich ..." [...]

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Center Updates Landmark 2018 Study

In 2018, the Center published a landmark study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), "Contribution of NIH funding to new drug approvals 2010-2016." With funding from the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET), the Center published an update to the landmark study, "Taxpayer Investment Leads New Discoveries."

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Bentley University Research Highlighted in JAMA

The Center recently published a research paper that was highlighted in JAMA's Drug Pricing themed issue titled, "Profitability of Large Pharmaceutical Companies Compared With Other Large Public Companies." The JAMA theme issue includes an audio highlight on drug pricing and 3 editorials written about the Center's research paper. 

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Research Highlights
Altmetric screenshot of PNAS paper

Contribution of NIH funding to new drug approvals 2010–2016

View continuously updated attention metrics for article published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, February 2018.

 

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Congressional Testimony

At a September 27, 2019 hearing of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies, Representative Mark Pocan (D-WI) asked the Director of the NIH, Dr. Francis Collins, if the Center for Integration of Science and Industry was planning to repeat the landmark 2018 study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, establishing that NIH funding contributed to every new drug approved by the FDA from 2010-2016. Researchers at the Center are currently working on extending this analysis, a project that will be completed in spring 2020."
 
Here is the link to the "landmark 2018 study": https://www.pnas.org/content/115/10/2329

Student Alumni Spotlight
Rachel Spero, '15

Rachel Spero, '15

"After graduating from Bentley, I went on to earn my Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Northeastern University. While in graduate school, I worked in Development for a non-profit homeless shelter in Dorchester, St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children. Currently, I work as a Research Analyst for the Lowell Housing Authority where I use operational research methods and cost benefit analysis to identify improvement areas throughout the agency. I interpret data and devise and implement recommendations to reduce agency costs, increase revenues, and improve service delivery. ... "

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