In a move to re-engineer the process of translating scientific discoveries into new drugs, diagnostics, and devices, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently established the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS). Working closely with partners in the regulatory, academic, nonprofit, and private sectors, NCATS will strive to identify and overcome hurdles that slow the development of effective treatments and cures.
To meet the goals of NCATS, NIH is reorganizing a wide range of preclinical and clinical translational science capabilities within NIH into an integrated scientific enterprise with new leadership and a new agenda.
NCATS will include the following programs:
The formation of NCATS was a recommended by the NIH Scientific Management Review Board in December 2010 to create a new center dedicated to advancing translational science.