The mission of the Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson Medical Research Foundation (the "Foundation") is to foster collaboration in biomedical research in order to accelerate medical innovation and to facilitate commercialization of innovative medical products for the public good. The Foundation believes that too often leading scientists operate in silos, pursuing their own research projects without formally and constructively coordinating these efforts with related efforts underway at other institutions. The Foundation is designed to encourage a different model in which scientists from different institutions (referred to as Collaborating Scientists) come together to identify and conduct a synergetic group of research studies to answer a particular question (each individual study is referred to as a Component Project and the grouping is referred to as a Collaboration). The Collaborating Scientists determine the sequence, timing, scope and direction of the Component Projects, and the Foundation provides infrastructure and financial support to foster the Collaborations and to protect and commercialize resulting biomedical innovation. This effort is referred to as the Foundation's Collaborative Model.

Currently, the Foundation is focusing on Collaborations in the areas of neurology, oncology, and immunology. Each area of focus is referred to as an AMRF Program.

The Foundation is currently finalizing certain contractual and policy related elements of the Collaborative Model. The Foundation will be reaching out to institutions throughout 2008 and inviting them to join the Foundation's mission by signing a Master Collaborative Research Agreement and the Discovery Management Agreement, a companion intellectual property agreement. Together, these agreements will establish the process for Collaborating Scientists to attend AMRF Programs and submit applications for Collaborations.

During this roll-out, the Foundation is hosting AMRF Program workshops, working with Collaborating Scientists, funding Collaborations, and hosting Invited Guests to provide educational programming to Collaborating Scientists. The Foundation receives a number of inquiries regarding: (a) how an individual can join an existing AMRF Program; (b) how a non-Collaborating Scientist can participate on a Collaboration; (c) how new AMRF Programs are developed; and (d) how non-Collaborating Scientists can present their research at AMRF Program workshops. These topics will be covered in the Master Collaborative Research Agreement, Discovery Management Agreement, and/or the Foundation Policies. Until the 2008 Roll-Out of the Collaborative Model is complete, this interim policy will remain in effect.

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