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INSPIRE: the power of partnership

Partnership is important to Pfizer and our scientists, across the world. That’s why we have created a global network of strategic partnerships with research centres through our INSPIRE programme (Investigator Networks, Site Partnerships and Infrastructure for Research Excellence).

 

A number of these are located here in the UK:

  • BARONET (Bath Area Research Organisation NETwork) Primary Care Research Network (PCRN).1
  • Cornwall Clinical Research Group (CCRG) GP Network.2
  • Clinical Research Network (CRN) Greater Manchester.3
  • Newcastle Upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust.4
  • Scotland: one INSPIRE Site delivered through four Scottish NHS Health Boards (NHS Grampian, NHS Greater Glasgow &Clyde, NHS Lothian and NHS Tayside).5

Each site has to meet strict criteria, demonstrating that it is highly productive and effective in medicines research and development.

These include:

  • Running clinical trial programmes to the highest standards and to timelines
  • Ensuring dedicated, high quality staff and resources for conducting clinical trials
  • Ensuring a positive experience for those patients participating in trials
  • Expertise in the key disease areas that Pfizer is researching in its medicines pipeline

 

What are the benefits?

INSPIRE sites benefit in a number of ways. For example, they are more likely to be recommended for Pfizer’s clinical trials.

From Pfizer’s point of view, we enjoy long-term partnerships with sites that are familiar with our processes and systems. The programme provides an exciting opportunity to help us find and deliver the treatments of the future, advancing scientific research for the benefit of patients in the UK and around the world.

The programme also enables us to help bring more clinical trials to the UK, supporting the governments ambition to make the UK a world leader in life sciences.

 

References

  1. Bath Area Research Organisation Network. [Online]. Last accessed August 2017
  2. Cornwall Clinical Research Group. [Online]. Last accessed August 2017
  3. CRN Greater Manchester – life sciences and healthcare innovation factsheet. [Online]. Last accessed August 2017
  4. The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals. 'Partnership working: INSPIRE partnership' [Online]. Last accessed August 2017
  5. Clinical Professionals. 'Pfizer’s Partners with Scottish Health Boards for New INSPIRE Site'. [Online]. Last accessed August 2017