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View slides and archive of Webinar on crowdfunding of medical research
Don't miss Partnering for Cures, Nov. 16-18 in New York
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Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation
Myelin Repair Foundation
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University-Foundation Relations: From Transactional to Transformative Partnerships
Inventory of Disease Research Foundations
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The Wall Street Journal: A Patients' Group Scores a Win in Muscular Dystrophy Drug Research
Scientific American Worldview: Embracing the Process: A new breed of nonprofit brings key parties together to accelerate research

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Charley's Fund
Q&A with Tracy Seckler, CEO

What is TRAIN?




Big, transformative ideas in medical research are coming from small but mighty patient-driven foundations. The way they fund and find research are bucking traditional processes. The Research Acceleration and Innovation Network (TRAIN) is a FasterCures program that convenes 60 forward-thinking foundations to learn from each other and share their novel solutions with the rest of the
medical research system.

TRAIN organizations have a singular focus on, and a significant stake in, getting promising therapies from the laboratory bench to the patient's bedside as rapidly as poss ble. In many cases, TRAIN's member foundations have been created by patients and their families who are frustrated by the slow pace of change in the traditional medical research system. They represent the kinds of organizations that are fast becoming engines behind innovation in
disease research — collaborative, mission-driven, strategic in their allocation of resources, and results-oriented.

TRAIN's Goals

To bring efficiency to the medical research process by:

  • building more and better networks across diseases, and with other research sectors;
  • encouraging more entrepreneurial philanthropy in medical research; and
  • scaling effective solutions so that innovation in one disease area is translated to another, and, all diseases can have a chance for an effective therapy.

TRAIN Elements

TRAIN Central Station
The online platform for TRAIN groups and other medical research innovators to share best practices, exchange ideas, and find relevant tools and resources.

TRAIN Inventory
A first-of-its-kind inventory designed to help potential collaborators better understand the landscape of nonprofit disease research foundations and engage in meaningful partnerships with them. Using a set of common metrics, it highlights key details about each organization's research portfolio, collaboration efforts, and financials.

TRAIN Webinars
TRAIN holds monthly webinars on a range of issues that impact medical R&D - from innovation at the NIH to regulatory science, crowdsourcing data challenges to patient-centered research networks, and many more. These hour-long virtual panel discussions are an efficient means to spotlight an emerging issue, a best practice/model, or a new policy.

TRAIN Workshops
An intensive day-long learning experience for no more than 50 participants focused on addressing a shared systemic or cultural obstacle that is slowing down medical progress across diseases.

Engage with TRAIN

Are you a nonprofit disease research foundation? Do you partner with nonprofit funders of research? Or do you have tools that would be useful to a patient-driven, outcomes-focused medical research community? If so, we invite you engage with TRAIN:

  • Subscribe to TRAIN E-News, our monthly electronic newsletter.
  • Suggest items for TRAIN E-News that are of interest to the nonprofit medical research community, such as cross-sector research partnerships or innovative approaches to research design and funding, by sending an email to train@fastercures.org.
  • Submit a tool, resource, or publication to share with the research community by sending an email to train@fastercures.org. Topics include venture philanthropy, deal-making, collaboration, and commercialization of scientific discoveries.
  • Watch our free archived Webinars and register for upcoming ones. You'll hear experts discuss intellectual property, the reproducibility of research results, engaging with the FDA, and more.
  • Share your professional opportunities and upcoming meetings that are of interest to the disease foundation community by sending an email to train@fastercures.org.
  • Check out the Partnering for Cures Innovator Presentations, which examine cross-sector collaborations, such as public-private and academic-industry partnerships.
  • Save the date for the next Partnering for Cures (Nov. 16-18, 2014 in New York), which brings together leaders from all sectors in medical research with the express purpose of making collaboration happen.

About FasterCures

FasterCures, a center of the Milken Institute, is an "action tank" driven by a singular goal—to save lives by speeding up and improving the medical research system. We have a number of laser-focused, high-impact programmatic initiatives that allow us to educate stakeholders about the barriers, amplify solutions to pave the way to progress, and create opportunities for key leaders to come together and get things done.


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