Increasing the case for medical research

Medical research lobbies focus on explaining the importance of their work – a peak association plans to up the intensity

The Association of Medical Research Institutes is working on an impact measure for its 52 members. “Medical research outcomes can range from new treatments for patients, new policies, development of medical devices to job creation,” AMRI states in an invitation to members to participate in a preliminary survey.

The purpose of the project is “to enhance the sector’s capacity to translate research and knowledge into impacts, maximising the return on investment made by government, industry and philanthropic funders.”

Smart stuff. Medical researchers are adept at acquiring funding, (nothing opens the public purse like “working on a cure for cancer,” a learned reader once remarked). An AMRI measure that presents ROI according to an industry-impact formula will add to awareness.


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