Alliances in Therapeutic Innovation: Opportunities for Early Stage Drug Discovery and Development Collaborations (2015)

Request Number N951594
Need details

Pfizer's Worldwide R&D (WRD) organisation is interested in establishing early stage alliances to develop novel therapeutics, expand the understanding of disease biology and identify biomarkers for diseases/indications of significant unmet medical need globally and also with a higher and growing prevalence in Asia.


Such diseases include, but are not limited to, Type 2 diabetes (particularly young and low BMI diabetes) and related complications, hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), gastric cancer and COPD.


Pfizer seeks to provide funding to a limited number of Asia’s leading academic and biotechnology groups to create new partnerships that address this need.  Funding from US$50,000 to US$1.0M may be provided to support research collaborations that can help transition these opportunities from the academic environment into new start-up companies.




Pfizer has established a number of novel approaches to work with partners to develop new medicines. Moving beyond traditional collaborations and licensing deals, Pfizer is actively seeking to support early stage discovery research programs. Pfizer currently supports numerous collaborative partnerships with some of the world's leading academic researchers. We now seek new opportunities to collaborate with early stage programs that are initiated from within Asia Pacific universities, research institutes and biotechnology companies.


We are committed to exploratory research and have empowered our Asia External R&D Innovation team to identify and invest in opportunities that align with our core research interests and to support early-stage technologies so they might transition from a pure academic environment into new start-up companies.



Key Success Criteria

This challenge is open to:

  • Asia Pacific academic & biotechnology researchers seeking to transition their discoveries into start-up companies within or outside of the region
  • Academic & biotechnology researchers seeking to transition their discoveries into start-up companies in the Asia Pacific region


Proposals will be assessed upon:

  • Scientific merit & novelty
  • Ability to meet measurable annual milestones
  • Track record of the Principal Investigators & key team members


Possible Approaches

Pfizer Worldwide R&D strategically focuses on developing differentiated therapeutics for patients globally in the areas of Cardiovascular & Metabolic Disorders, Inflammation & Immunology, Neuroscience & Pain,  Oncology, Rare Diseases & Vaccines (for details, see We are particularly interested in supporting programs that are developing novel biomarkers, diagnostics, targets and therapeutics in the above mentioned disease areas and that leverage Asia advantages (e.g. prevalent indications or government incentives etc).



Approaches not of interest
  • Proposals for block funding collaborations that do not have specific and defined milestones that can be reasonably met within a two year time period
  • Proposals that fall outside of our key therapeutic areas of interest (for details, see
  • Approaches targeting ophthalmology and anti-infectives
  • Approaches for diseases of low prevalence in Asia



Preferred Collaboration types
  • To Be Negotiated
Items to be submitted

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Point of Contact
Darren Coomber
Area of Interest
  • Therapeutics
  • Pharmaceutical R & D
Due Date
November 30, 2015
Award Amount
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