FasterCures identified and created profiles on nearly 500 research consortia. The profiles include information about each consortium's mission, structure, data sharing, partners, and more. After five years, FasterCures has adjusted our focus areas onto emerging topics. The Consortia-pedia Catalogue will no longer be updated as of August 2018. This site will remain available through the end of 2018.
A study published in the June 25, 2014 issue of Science Translational Medicine found that in the past decade there has been a rapid emergence of consortia in biomedical research. The study, Consortium Sandbox, noted that this trend is in response to the growing need for broad-based partnerships to address shared scientific, regulatory, or reimbursement challenges. Mark Lim, former associate director of medical innovation at FasterCures and author of the study, analyzed the characteristics of 369 consortia from around the world and found that these efforts provide a safe harbor for participants by guaranteeing transparency and equitable access to any outputs.
FasterCures initiated the Consortia-pedia project to better understand the breadth and scope of approaches that a wide range of consortia have adopted to bring together non-traditional partners with a shared R&D goal. Despite the recent explosion of research consortia around the globe, the landscape has gone largely unmapped, resulting in confusion about the multitude of efforts and mechanisms for participation. In our framework report, FasterCures analyzed 21 consortia that represent the diversity of models used to bring together cross-sector partners to accelerate biomedical research. Read more about our analysis in the following report chapters: