Getting new medical products from discovery to patients requires all sectors—academia, industry, government, clinical care, nonprofits, and philanthropy—to work together throughout the research and development process. But collaboration is a complex endeavor, and integrating the right partners is far from easy.

FasterCures initiated the Consortia-pedia project to better understand the breadth and scope of approaches that a wide range of consortia have adopted to bring together non-traditional partners with a shared R&D goal. Despite the recent explosion of research consortia around the globe, the landscape has gone largely unmapped, resulting in confusion about the multitude of efforts and mechanisms for participation.


In our framework report, FasterCures analyzed 21 consortia that represent the diversity of models used to bring together cross-sector partners to accelerate biomedical research. In our commentary in Science Translational Medicine, we analyzed the landscape to better understand the intended scientific output and the players behind these collaborations.

Consortia-pedia Catalogue

To complement the published analysis, FasterCures has launched the Consortia-pedia Catalogue, a first-of-its-kind Web-based resource for information on medical research consortia, in October 2015. This tool will accelerate progress by allowing public and private partners to find one another, survey the landscape of activity in research areas, and identify practices of established and completed consortia. Consortia-pedia Web site »

Learn more about FasterCures' work in consortia and contact Taylor Cronin, Program Associate