Learning Ecosystems Accelerator for Patient-Centered, Sustainable Innovation

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Our successful transition to value-driven healthcare, where biomedical innovation is both patient-centered and sustainable, depends largely upon our ability to generate better evidence, more efficiently, to enable better decision-making for all stakeholders across the value chain of research and development (R&D) and healthcare delivery (patients, manufacturers, regulators, payers, providers, and academic researchers).

The goal of the LEAPS Project is to design and pilot an innovation ecosystem for one disease that drives more value, faster, to patients, in ways that work for all stakeholders. Ultimately, patients will receive timely access to the most appropriate therapeutics for their needs, and stakeholders will have the evidence they need, when they need it, to improve their decisions related to the development, access, and use of therapeutics for the target disease. Decision-making will be improved through the collaborative design of a distributed, purpose-driven evidence generation infrastructure – the LEAPS “Learning Engine”- that stakeholders both contribute to and benefit from, in order for it to be efficient, scalable, and sustainable over time.

The LEAPS Project provides a unique opportunity for stakeholders to collaborate on the design of a next-generation innovation ecosystem for a target disease. This showcase prototype will be piloted using Massachusetts as a statewide, testbed environment. LEAPS will leverage proven NEWDIGS methods and tools in designing and catalyzing pilot activities.

Target diseases under consideration for the Massachusetts pilot include asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, and diabetes (types 1 and 2).

LEAPS will drive impact in three critical domains: product innovation, regimen optimization, and disease modification/prevention. Its work streams will evolve over time but are guided initially by the following aims:

  • Enhance evidence planning and production across the drug development life span to fuel sustainable, patient-centered innovation
  • Apply systems engineering methods and tools to enable seamless, continuous learning and improvement across the innovation value chain (from R&D to care delivery) for a target disease
  • Assess potential applications of transformative technologies and methods, such as blockchain and artificial intelligence/machine learning

Elements of the strategic vision for LEAPS were explored at the Next Wave Forum hosted by MIT NEWDIGS on December 12-13, 2017 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The 2-year pilot design phase of LEAPS was launched in January 2018.

Download the prospectus

Read the MIT News from the launch announcement

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