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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.

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

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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Representation of Industry in Introductory Biology Textbooks: A Missed Opportunity to Advance STEM Learning

The majority of students who enroll in undergraduate biology courses will eventually be employed in non-STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) business occupations. This work explores how representations of industry in undergraduate biology textbooks could impact STEM learning for these students and their ability to apply this learning in their chosen work.

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Bentley University study shows NIH spent more than $100 billion on basic science for new medicines

The new report from the Center for Integration of Science and Industry at Bentley University, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shows that the United States government invested more than $100 billion in the basic research that led to new medicines approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) between 2010 and 2016.

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Research Highlights
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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
Roger Du, '18

Roger Du, '18

"I joined PwC full-time in their assurance practice after graduating from Bentley, working in the San Jose office. One of the questions I was asked during onboarding is what preference I have for the industry that I want to work with. I have responded with biotech and pharmaceutical every time they ask because my time at the Center sparked an interest in these fields for me. ... "

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