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Abstract

Throughout the world, infectious diseases kill about 17 million people a year. For a large number of them still no satisfactory prevention or treatment exists. Thirty new epidemics have entered the floor in the last 20 years, and more emerging or re-emerging diseases have to be expected.
However, in recent years, the number of approved anti-infective agents is declining, and a large number of pharmaceutical and biotech companies have left the field or reduced their efforts. The potentially large markets are not attractive enough for the industry to take the risks of high R&D investments alone.
In Key Action 2 (KA2) of the Specific Programme 'Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources' under the Fifth Framework Programme of Research, approximately 200 projects are carried out.
The aim of the present study was to evaluate those of the projects in KA 2 dealing with human health according to their quality and impact. The evaluation has covered a broad range of aspects of the projects under scrutiny, but could only be designed as a "snap-shot" of the Key Action for several reasons: The main data collection had to be closed by mid of 2003, a point where many of the KA2 projects had not delivered their final report yet or were even still ongoing. In addition, because of restricted resources some interesting aspects could not be investigated in detail.
The analysis was orientated only onto the human-health part of KA2, therefore projects on animal diseases and on prion diseases were excluded. In the end, the evaluation comprised 145 projects. The evaluation was based mainly on the periodic and final reports of the projects, on the mid-term reviews by external experts as well as on telephone interviews.
Additional information was retrieved from different data files provided by the Commission.

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Record Number: 6432 / Last updated on: 2004-11-02
Category: PROJ