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8 The Evolving Global Biomedical Research Environment and Its Implications for NIH Capital Assets
Pages 109-114

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From page 109...
... Without serious consideration of and attention to these dynamics (refer also to Chapter 2) , the committee believes that the IRP is likely to be increasingly disadvantaged when competing against other national and international biomedical research centers.
From page 110...
... . The confluence of widely disparate IC budgets, NIH's intrinsically fractured and siloed organizational structure, and a culture led by individuals recognized for their deep expertise within narrowly defined areas of science has led to a palpable organizational bias to use funds to support scientific research over integration of strategic plans and promotion of shared facility assets that support team science.
From page 111...
... Building an infrastructure to support team-based science is essential to stay viable in a global biomedical research environment that is intensely competing for top talent. Having flexible and adaptable contemporary biomedical research space is essential to accommodate the current and future needs of multidisciplinary research teams.
From page 112...
... At the time, neuroscientists in NIH's intramural research program were located in at least eight different buildings. Congress embraced this bold vision, and, in 2000, provided funds to create a national neuroscience research center on NIH's Bethesda, MD, campus that would bear the name of a longtime champion for biomedical research, Congressman John Edward Porter.
From page 113...
... The former "corner office" prime real estate is shared collaboration space that is available to everyone.3 In 2016, the Crick Institute, Europe's largest biomedical research building, was established through a collaboration among six founding partners: the Medical Research Council, Cancer Research UK, Wellcome, UCL, Imperial College London, and King's College London. The facility brings together 1,500 investigators and staff working collaboratively across disciplines and makes state-of-the-art science technology platforms available to researchers across the United Kingdom.4 The Paul Allen Institute's new 270,000-square-foot research building in Seattle, Washington, "is designed to process huge amounts of complex research data requiring information technology efficiencies and team-centered facility design.
From page 114...
... It was beyond the committee's charge to delve into NIH's scientific and clinical programs per se, or into the forces driving the evolving and increasingly competitive global biomedical research environment, but in so far as biomedical and clinical research models substantially drive what is needed in the way of capital assets, the committee encourages the NIH leadership to more closely link planning for scientific inquiries with planning for its built environment. Further, in light of the multiple factors that are driving the evolution of biomedical research and the resultant changes in how biomedical research is conducted, the committee strongly encourages NIH to engage in a rigorous and ongoing strategic assessment of its investigative portfolio and how such relates to its capital asset needs.

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