Dr. Elizabeth Aylward is director of the Office of Science-Industry Partnerships at Seattle Children's Research Institute. The Office of Science-Industry Partnerships aims to move discoveries made at our research institute into the marketplace so that children can benefit from our research. We understand that the market for pediatric treatments is often too small to incentivize pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies to invest in the necessary research, development, and marketing of products aimed at this vulnerable population. Our goal is to create partnerships with companies to help minimize their investment risk by providing the research environment, expertise, clinical samples, and joint funding to conduct the preclinical and early-stage clinical research necessary to find treatments that would otherwise be ignored in the traditional for-profit drug development process. We see this as a revolutionary business model that will accelerate access to treatment for pediatric patients.
Dr. Aylward has been involved in neuroimaging research for her entire career, including six years as the associate director of the research institute's Center for Integrative Brain Research, 12 years as a professor in the Department of Radiology at the University of Washington, and as an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where she worked from 1987 through 1997.