I am delighted to announce, on behalf of the PhRMA Foundation, a shift in mission that will help us focus on building a better system of value assessment in U.S. health care while helping shape a new era of multidisciplinary research and drug development, based strongly in the use of advanced technology and data.
Our ultimate goal: Empower patients and improve health outcomes and efficiencies for everyone.
The Foundation’s new mission, strategic goals and funding priorities build on our current Value Assessment Initiative (VAI), restructuring the Foundation’s focus to encompass a broader multidisciplinary scope across the drug development spectrum and promote new, innovative uses of data and technology. In all of our efforts, the end-focus will be on embracing the voice and the needs of patients.
We are very excited to begin this new journey, which embraces our past successes while reaching deeper into how we can keep patient priorities at the forefront of value-driven health care. We are moving into an exciting new era, keeping pace with an ever-changing health care system.
Here is a brief summary of the three key areas that will be the focus of our support in the future:
Value Assessment Initiative
In 2017, the PhRMA Foundation launched the Value Assessment Initiative, supporting the development of tools and frameworks that assess the value of medicines and health care services.
At the Foundation’s four Centers of Excellence in Value Assessment, researchers and health care practitioners are advancing innovative approaches to collecting real-world evidence and tracking individual preferences. Armed with this knowledge, they are building frameworks that reflect the value of treatments and outcomes for a wide range of stakeholders. The Foundation has invested more than $3 million in these programs since the program’s inception.
Core Program Restructuring
The Foundation’s new mission reshapes its core programs, better aligning them with the needs of a fast-changing drug-development environment and in support of innovative research efforts emerging across the pharmaceutical industry. In 2020, the Foundation will roll out four new programs: Drug Discovery, Drug Delivery, Translational Medicine, and Outcomes Research. Driving this restructuring is a shift from a skill- and discipline-based emphasis to a broader, multidisciplinary approach that covers an extensive scope of the drug development spectrum.
The Foundation’s new structure will further solidify its reputation for supporting research using solid methodologies, novel and innovative science, as well as build on its credibility as a source of respected science.
The Use and Application of Data and Technology in Health care
This new program is illustrative of the Foundation’s greater focus on promoting better use of advanced data and technology – known as Health IT – in research. By leveraging real-world data and sophisticated technologies, Health IT enables stakeholders to learn more about patients, expand access to quality services, reduce excessive spending, and achieve greater outcomes. The Foundation’s new programs will provide a structure for transforming data into health care decision-making with direct applications in population health, value of medicine analyses, treatment decisions, patient communications, and ultimately, patient outcomes.
The PhRMA Foundation’s 54-year history of providing career-starting grants and fellowships to young scientists will remain a strong structural component of its new mission and program structure. Its new awards will continue to attract and encourage young scientists to pursue research as their career choice and assist in training the next generation of innovators – a long-held priority for the Foundation.
Our commitment to people and patients has never been stronger and we are proud our supported scientists are bringing solutions to some of the greatest health care challenges of our time.
Our award and grant programs continue to encourage the best and the brightest innovators and set the stage for the next generation of young scientists to lead us into a smarter, safer and more efficient health care world.