How to Facilitate Successful Research Collaborations
Adopting Best Practices and Avoiding Common Collaboration Pitfalls

One of my primary services is teaching researchers (as well as other people in their organizations) how to use collaborations to get answers to the scientific questions that drive them. I offer seminars to both industry and academic groups that take advantage of my extensive experience in this area. Whether you are interested in running a single collaboration or hundreds, I can teach you how to get the most out of these relationships, and how to avoid the problems that can derail them:

  • Industry Seminar Details

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    A value proposition for your research collaborations:
    Top notch collaborations generate strong data
    Strong data leads to informed decisions
    Informed decisions result in proper resource allocation
    Proper resource allocation allows for new/expanded drug usage
    Wider drug usage results in better served patients
    Better served patients contribute to a stronger financial bottom line


    Do you want your collaborations with outside researchers to provide maximum value to your organization? Learn how from Stewart Lyman, Ph.D., who headed one of the largest and most productive Extramural Research programs in the industry at Immunex Corporation. His presentation distills the expertise his group developed while handling nearly 900 new and ongoing research collaborations yearly. If you want collaborations working harder to fulfill your business and scientific objectives, why not take advantage of his experience?


    Presentation Topics Include:
    • Philosophical underpinnings of a successful collaboration program
    • Benefits (and downsides) of extramural research
    • Questions to ask when setting up a program
    • Establishing formal collaboration guidelines
    • Scaling up your program as your company grows
    • Publication and presentation issues
    • Interacting productively with collaborators
    • Data storage and distribution options
    • Designing a strong Material Transfer Agreement (MTA)
    • The concept and best use of data gatekeepers
    • Reagent packaging and shipping
    • Issues for legal, clinical, and regulatory groups
    • How to handle collaborators who misuse your reagents
    • Working with university technology transfer groups


    Questions Answered Include:
    • What is the best method of sharing data with others in the company?
    • Are you obligated to fill all reagent requests from academic and industry scientists?
    • What is the best way to receive and handle reagent and collaboration requests? • Should you pay your extramural collaborators?
    • Is it a good idea to send out a molecule that is already in the clinic?
    • Should you set up overlapping collaborations with different researchers?
    • At what stage of a research program is it appropriate to send reagents to outside collaborators?
    • How should you deal with negative data?
    • Should you send out "surrogate" drugs?


    Who should attend:
    This presentation teaches best-in-industry practices to senior managers, research staff, and members of your legal, clinical, development, and regulatory groups that interact with your researchers.

    Call me at (206) 931-6403 and arrange a presentation today!

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    Want your collaborations with other researchers to provide maximum value to your research program? Learn how from Stewart Lyman, Ph.D., who headed one of the largest and most productive Extramural Research programs in the industry at Immunex Corporation. His presentation distills the expertise his group developed while handling approximately 2500 collaborations during a four year period. If you want to maximize the likelihood of your scientific collaborations being successful, why not take advantage of his experience?

    Presentation Topics Include:
    • Philosophical and ethical underpinnings of a successful collaboration
    • Benefits (and downsides) of research collaborations
    • How to choose your collaborator
    • The critical need to establish formal collaboration guidelines
    • Publication, presentation, and authorship issues
    • Interacting productively with collaborators
    • How to handle collaborators who misuse your reagents
    • Reagent packaging and shipping

    Questions Answered Include:
    • Are you obligated to say "yes" to all collaboration requests?
    • What happens if the experiments don't get done as planned?
    • How should you handle the authorship issue for resulting publications?
    • Who has rights to any reagents that are derived from the collaboration?
    • Who, if anyone, needs to be notified about your collaboration?
    • What happens if your reagents are given to another lab without your permission?
    • Is it a good idea to specify restrictions on the use of your reagent(s)?
    • Should you set up overlapping collaborations with different researchers?
    • How should you deal with presentation of data derived using your materials but without your knowledge?
    • When should you get your technology transfer group involved?

    Who should attend:
    This presentation gives practical, real-world guidance on setting up productive research collaborations to your scientific staff, including principle investigators, post-doctoral fellows, graduate students, and university members that interact with your researchers.

    Call me at (206) 931-6403 and arrange a presentation today!



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