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Innovative Research in Life Sciences: Pathways to Scientific Impact, Public Health Improvement, and Economic Progress

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Innovative Research in Life Sciences: Pathways to Scientific Impact, Public Health Improvement, and Economic Progress

E. Andrew Balas

ISBN: 978-1-119-22588-1 November 2018 416 Pages

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“I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book as it has taken me on a journey through time, across the globe and through multiple disciplines. Indeed, we need to be thinking about these concepts and applying them every day to do our jobs better.”

Farah Magrabi, Macquarie University, Australia

“The reader will find intriguing not only the title but also the content of the book.  I’m also pleased that public health, and even more specifically epidemiology has an important place in this ambitious discussion.”

Elena Andresen, Oregon Health & Science University, USA

“This book is very well written and addresses an important topic.  It presents many reasons why basic scientists/researchers should establish collaborations and access information outside traditional means and not limit thinking but rather expand such and perhaps develop more innovative and translational research ventures that will advance science and not move it laterally.”

Gerald Pepe, Eastern Virginia Medical School, USA

“This book gathers logically and presents interestingly (with many examples) the qualities and attitudes a researcher must possess in order to become successful. On the long run, the deep and carefully reexamined research will be the one that lasts.”

Zoltán Néda, Babeş-Bolyai University, Romania 

“I really liked the five pillars delineating the components of humanism in research.  This book has made a major contribution to the research ethics literature.”

David Fleming, University of Missouri, USA

A comprehensive review of the research phase of life sciences from design to discovery with suggestions to improve innovation 

This vital resource explores the creative processes leading to biomedical innovation, identifies the obstacles and best practices of innovative laboratories, and supports the production of effective science. Innovative Research in Life Sciences draws on lessons from 400 award-winning scientists and research from leading universities. The book explores the innovative process in life sciences and puts the focus on how great ideas are born and become landmark scientific discoveries. The text provides a unique resource for developing professional competencies and applied skills of life sciences researchers.

The book examines what happens before the scientific paper is submitted for publication or the innovation becomes legally protected. This phase is the most neglected but most exciting in the process of scientific creativity and innovation. The author identifies twelve competencies of innovative biomedical researchers that described and analyzed. This important resource:

  • Highlights the research phase from design to discovery that precedes innovation disclosure
  • Offers a step by step explanation of how to improve innovation
  • Offers solutions for improving research and innovation productivity in the life sciences
  • Contains a variety of statistical databases and a vast number of stories about individual discoveries
  • Includes a process of published studies and national statistics of biomedical research and reviews the performance of research labs and academic institutions

Written for academics and researchers in biomedicine, pharmaceutical science, life sciences, drug discovery, pharmacology, Innovative Research in Life Sciences offers a guide to the creative processes leading to biomedical innovation and identifies the best practices of innovative scientists and laboratories.

Preface vii

Part One Outcomes of Research 1

1 Pathways of the Research Innovator 3

2 First Dimension: Scientific Impact 21

3 Second Dimension: Public Health Value 37

4 Third Dimension: Economic Development 53

Part Two Headwinds of Research Innovation 69

5 Slowdown and Erosion 71

6 Non‐reproducible Research 89

7 Red Tape and Litigation 109

Part Three Boosters of Research Productivity 131

8 Humanism for Innovation 133

9 Desire to Understand First 151

10 Learning from the Best 169

11 Cracking Public Health Needs 183

12 Engaged Research 197

13 Cross‐cultural Convergence 215

14 Targeting and Repurposing 229

15 Trailblazing Technologies 243

16 Emulating Nature 259

17 Scientific Modeling 273

18 Mastering Bioentrepreneurship 291

19 Art of Scientific Communication 309

Part Four Atmosphere of Excellence 329

20 Quality and Performance Improvement 331

21 Institutional and National Strategies 345

22 International Collaboration and Competition 365

List of of award-winning scientists and serial innovators 381

Subject Index 387