Merck and Regenstrief Institute Establish Evidence-Based Care Collaboration
November 8, 2012 8:00 am ET
The Regenstrief Institute and Merck, known as MSD outside the United
States and Canada, have signed a five-year agreement to collaborate on a
range of projects that will use clinical data to inform personalized
delivery of health care. The work will explore novel methods for
studying diseases and interventions for chronic conditions such as
diabetes, cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis.
Ultimately, the Regenstrief-Merck collaboration seeks to improve the
health of patients through data analytics, health care innovation,
education and research that supports evidence-based health care.
Financial details were not disclosed.
“Regenstrief has a passion for determining how personalization of
medicine can be achieved by better understanding and using health data,”
said Regenstrief investigator and innovations officer Jon Duke, M.D.,
who serves as the institute’s lead investigator for the partnership.
“Regenstrief brings rigorous science to clinical environments and has
more than 40 years of experience as an international leader in improving
health care delivery through informatics and health services research.
With Merck’s depth of expertise and its global reach, we hope to develop
and test new approaches to care, and advance successful models of health
care broadly.” Dr. Duke also is an assistant professor of medicine at
the Indiana University School of Medicine.
Both Regenstrief, a medical research organization closely associated
with the Indiana University School of Medicine, and Merck, a global
health care leader, are committed to generating new knowledge to improve
“This type of novel academic-industry collaboration can advance our
understanding of a number of critical therapeutic areas, enabling novel
use of health information technology to enhance drug development,
medication safety and the personalization of therapeutics,” said Sachin
H. Jain, M.D., chief medical information and innovation officer at Merck.
An internationally respected informatics and health care research
organization, the Regenstrief Institute is recognized for its role in
improving quality of care, increasing efficiency of health care
delivery, preventing medical errors and enhancing patient safety.
Established in 1969, the institute is closely associated with the
Indiana University School of Medicine and the Health and Hospital
Corporation of Marion County.
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