about the group's origin, its strategy, how it fits into GSK's CEDD and DPU structure, and how large pharma is adapting to pipeline pressures and R&D outsourcing.
There's an expectation that each CEDD should work toward having a proportion of their discovery activity via external partnerships.
'The CEDDs are almost like separate companies, they have their own budget, their own ways of working.
'The CEDDs are more geographically located and among them there is a minimum level of communication, mostly based on personal relationships.
In GSK the main organisational knowledge integrator across CEDDs are the global functions (discovery, genetic research and drug development).
He explains that the CEDDs are designed to act as small business units within the larger research and development organization.
"The CEDDs are structured to encompass discovery and early clinical development," adds Yamada.
--Zhi Hong, SVP of the Infectious Diseases Centre for Excellence in Drug Discovery (ID CEDD