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10 years of transforming medical research

Publication date: 
27 April 2018 (UK time)

April 30th 2018 marks 10 years since our first call for proposals. Since then, we’ve been carrying the torch of medical innovation, helping to deliver breakthroughs that – step-by-step – are bringing about a healthier future for us all. We are doing this by finding new ways for experts, industry and academia to share insights, data and knowledge, making it possible for the best minds to collaborate to speed up vital research and work to overcome some of the biggest medical challenges facing humanity.

Our projects – almost 100 and counting – all take a collaborative, open innovation approach to some of the biggest challenges in medical research and drug development today, such as severe asthma, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes and cancer. By providing a unique model of collaboration, they are laying the foundations that are helping researchers across Europe, including many in SMEs, to advance their drug development programmes. These new, open partnerships enable the IMI-funded consortia to cover the entire value chain and contribute to more rapidly bringing new products or treatments to market for the benefit of patients.

We’ve achieved so much in the past ten years and we think that’s worth celebrating.

Therefore, we have a number of activities taking place to mark the occasion, including our June event, ‘IMI: Celebrating 10 years of Medical Innovations’, and the Scientific Symposium and Stakeholder Forum in October. You can see what else we’ve got planned here.

We also invite you to follow our anniversary activities on Twitter, via our hashtags #IMI10years and #IMICarryTheTorch.

Want to learn more about the IMI story? Read about IMI’s history and learn how the EU and the pharmaceutical industry teamed up to create IMI.