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NIH seeking comments on duplication

The National Institutes of Health National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) has issued a request for comments regarding methods it has proposed to use to avoid duplication, redundancy, and competition with industry activities. 

Ten methods are listed in the federal register announcement:

(1) Frequent updates to the NCATS website (, which includes the NCATS Director's message and/or blog, listings of ongoing programs and projects, and notifications of solicitations for funding proposals for which industry may be eligible.

(2) open public meetings to gather input on NCATS plans, priorities, and programs to which industry representatives are specifically invited.

(3) discussion and gathering input on NCATS plans, priorities, and programs of NCATS activities and concept clearances at the regular meetings of the NCATS Advisory Council and Cures Acceleration Network Review Board, which include members of the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and venture capital communities.

(4) meetings to gather input on NCATS plans, priorities, and programs with industry organizations including, but not limited to, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA).

(5) regular presentations to and panel discussions with industry representatives at public conferences.

(6) demonstration of non-redundancy with industry projects as a selection criterion for relevant NCATS projects.

(7) promotion of partnerships through the publication of notices in the Federal Register seeking partners in Collaborative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs) to facilitate the development and commercialization of technologies.

(8) publication of Requests for Information on NCATS plans, priorities, and programs in the Federal Register and NIH Guide.

(9) sponsorship of regular workshops to identify priorities and solutions of topics related to translational science.

(10) periodic release of the NCATS e-newsletter, distribution of emails to NCATS stakeholder listservs, and announcements on NCATS Facebook page and through the NCATS Twitter account. In addition, the community will be able to inquire and comment on NCATS activities at any time by sending an email to

Comments are due by June 14.

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