Pharma executives join board of Innovative Medicines Initiative
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Roch Doliveux, CEO of UCB, has joined the governing board of the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) Joint Undertaking, a public-private partnership between the EU and the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA). Also joining the board are Salah-Dine Chibout, global head of investigative toxicology at Novartis, and David Roblin, senior vice-president and head of research at Pfizer's Sandwich laboratories in the UK. IMI aims to foster collaboration in biopharmaceutical R&D between academia, industry, regulatory agencies, patient organisations and small and medium-sized enterprises. It is already sponsoring 15 ongoing research projects and nine further grants will be awarded this summer. Its total budget for 2008-17 is €2 billion. It is chaired by Carlo Incerti, head of R&D Europe at Genzyme.