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Children's Hospital Boston and Pfizer Enter Into Novel Collaborative Research Agreement for Muscular Dystrophy Therapeutics
Date:11/9/2011

ry exciting, and I am pleased to have this opportunity for us to put our complementary resources to work together.

"Here at Children's, we have the expertise in basic science and clinical care," Kunkel continued, "but not the crucial chemical and development background that Pfizer has brought to the table."

"We see this as a truly novel collaboration that combines the efforts of a world-class academic DMD research laboratory with our chemical and preclinical expertise," said Ed Mascioli, M.D., Vice President and Chief Scientific Office of Pfizer's Orphan and Genetic Diseases Research Unit. "We are proud to be working with someone of Dr. Kunkel's stature in the DMD research arena."

"This agreement helps line up the pieces of the drug development pipeline for the benefit of children and adults with DMD," said Erik Halvorsen, director of technology and business development for Children's. "It is rare to see an industrial partner allow this kind of access, and we are very pleased to have established this novel arrangement with Pfizer."

This is not the only research agreement to be signed by Pfizer and Children's in 2011. In June, Pfizer announced that Children's would be one of seven Boston-area hospitals to join its Centers for Therapeutic Innovation, which aim to facilitate and support joint drug discovery and development, from the conception of an idea through early clinical trials. The DMD research agreement stands as a separate arrangement between Pfizer and Children's.

Children's Hospital Boston is home to the world's largest research enterprise based at a pediatric medical center, where its discoveries have benefited both children and adults since 1869. More than 1,100 scientists, including nine members of the National Academy of Sciences, 11 members of the Institute of Medicine and nine members of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute comprise Children's research community. Founded as a 20-bed hospital for children, Children's
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