• Press Release

Mount Sinai, Pfizer Renew Research Collaboration, Building on Strong Foundation

  • New York, NY
  • (June 27, 2017)

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Pfizer Inc.’s Centers for Therapeutic Innovation (CTI) recently announced the renewal of an agreement designed to identify and advance new drug candidates linked to major diseases, such as cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, colitis, heart failure, Alzheimer’s disease, and cystic fibrosis.

In 2010, Mount Sinai became one of the first academic medical centers to enter into a collaboration with CTI, a Pfizer research group with the aim of speeding novel drugs toward approval for use in the clinic. The collaboration allows Mount Sinai investigators to submit research proposals to CTI, and for CTI to provide funding and drug development expertise, which can facilitate the development of new therapies. To date, five Mount Sinai projects have been funded through this process, focusing mainly in the areas of diabetes, autoimmune disease and cancer.

Project proposals are chosen through a rigorous vetting process by a steering committee composed of leading Pfizer and Mount Sinai scientists. Funded projects must have the strong potential to address an unmet medical need. Resulting research collaborations complement the biological expertise at Mount Sinai with Pfizer’s drug discovery and development capabilities, including the ability to create antibodies and small-molecules.

 “Best–in-class translational research rarely occurs in a vacuum. Mount Sinai is dedicated to bringing therapeutics from the bench to the bedside, to improve health outcomes. Capitalizing on the synergies between industry and academic capabilities brings us closer to this goal,” said Erik Lium, PhD, Senior Vice President of Mount Sinai Innovation Partners (MSIP), the technology development and commercialization arm of Mount Sinai.

According to CTI’s Chief Scientific Officer, Anthony J. Coyle, PhD, “CTI and Mount Sinai have a long-standing and exceptional track record of research collaboration aimed at bringing early-stage medical discoveries towards the clinic. This renewed commitment will further enhance our alliance.”

About MSIP

MSIP facilitates the real-world application and commercialization of Mount Sinai discoveries and the development of research partnerships with industry. MSIP is responsible for the full spectrum of commercialization activities required to bring the Icahn School of Medicine’s inventions to life. These activities include evaluating, patenting, marketing, and licensing new technologies, while also engaging commercial and non-profit relationships for sponsored research, material transfer, and confidentiality. For more information, visit www.ip.mountsinai.org.

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About the Mount Sinai Health System

Mount Sinai Health System is one of the largest academic medical systems in the New York metro area, with more than 43,000 employees working across eight hospitals, over 400 outpatient practices, nearly 300 labs, a school of nursing, and a leading school of medicine and graduate education. Mount Sinai advances health for all people, everywhere, by taking on the most complex health care challenges of our time — discovering and applying new scientific learning and knowledge; developing safer, more effective treatments; educating the next generation of medical leaders and innovators; and supporting local communities by delivering high-quality care to all who need it.

Through the integration of its hospitals, labs, and schools, Mount Sinai offers comprehensive health care solutions from birth through geriatrics, leveraging innovative approaches such as artificial intelligence and informatics while keeping patients’ medical and emotional needs at the center of all treatment. The Health System includes approximately 7,300 primary and specialty care physicians; 13 joint-venture outpatient surgery centers throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, Long Island, and Florida; and more than 30 affiliated community health centers. We are consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals, receiving high "Honor Roll" status, and are highly ranked: No. 1 in Geriatrics and top 20 in Cardiology/Heart Surgery, Diabetes/Endocrinology, Gastroenterology/GI Surgery, Neurology/Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Pulmonology/Lung Surgery, Rehabilitation, and Urology. New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai is ranked No. 12 in Ophthalmology. U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Children’s Hospitals” ranks Mount Sinai Kravis Children's Hospital among the country’s best in several pediatric specialties. The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is one of three medical schools that have earned distinction by multiple indicators: It is consistently ranked in the top 20 by U.S. News & World Report's "Best Medical Schools," aligned with a U.S. News & World Report "Honor Roll" Hospital, and top 20 in the nation for National Institutes of Health funding and top 5 in the nation for numerous basic and clinical research areas. Newsweek’s “The World’s Best Smart Hospitals” ranks The Mount Sinai Hospital as No. 1 in New York and in the top five globally, and Mount Sinai Morningside in the top 20 globally.

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