Myelin Repair Foundation: Accelerating Drug Discovery Through Collaboration

Posted: 12 Apr 2012

See all articles by Karim R. Lakhani

Karim R. Lakhani

Harvard Business School - Technology and Operations Management Group; Harvard Institute for Quantitative Social Science; Harvard University - Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society

Paul R. Carlile

Boston University - Department of Management Information Systems

Date Written: March 1, 2010

Abstract

This case presents the Myelin Repair Foundation's accelerated research collaboration model for drug discovery. It highlights the challenges of building a multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional research collaboration that is attempting to create a treatment for multiple sclerosis based on a novel scientific approach. The case provides details on how norms of academic research and intellectual property had to be updated to enable collaboration. The current dilemma facing the CEO and COO of the foundation relates to setting strategic priorities for research so that a treatment for MS can be ready in the next ten years. The strategic choices need to account for the complexities of drug discovery, the uncertainty of commercial partners' interest in the therapeutic approach and the constrained donor-based fundraising environment.

Learning Objective: To highlight the challenges of building a new collaborative research model involving multiple disciplines and institutions to create breakthroughs in drug discovery.

Suggested Citation

Lakhani, Karim R. and Carlile, Paul R., Myelin Repair Foundation: Accelerating Drug Discovery Through Collaboration (March 1, 2010). Harvard Business School Technology & Operations Mgt. Unit Case No. 610-074. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2038406

Karim R. Lakhani (Contact Author)

Harvard Business School - Technology and Operations Management Group ( email )

Boston, MA 02163
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617-495-6741 (Phone)

Harvard Institute for Quantitative Social Science ( email )

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Harvard University - Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society ( email )

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Paul R. Carlile

Boston University - Department of Management Information Systems ( email )

595 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
United States
617-353-4287 (Phone)

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