The Name of the Rose

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  • 07/03/2012

What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.

No doubt. But a name also is an aspiration.

It is with that preface that I am pleased to share a bit of news that arrived with my July Drug Information Journal – the publication (the official journal of the DIA) is changing its name.

Transparency Alert:  I am an Associate Editor of this journal.

The new title, Therapeutic Innovation & Regulatory Science, is a stake in the ground. First, it’s not just about “drugs.” That’s a great leap forward. Second, it’s about innovation. That’s where the action is. And third, it’s not about regulation, but rather “regulatory science.” That’s a global topic -- from the FDA’s Critical Path initiative to the EMA’s IMI and beyond. And, dare we hope – one that might some day lead to greater harmonization.

Like I said – a name is also aspirational.

Bon Courage, Therapeutic Innovation & Regulatory Science!

Our aspirations are our possibilities.

-- Samuel Johnson


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