A lot of fundamental research takes place in the Dutch University medical Centers. This research regularly leads to promising discoveries that may lead to new therapies. Before the efficacy of such a potential treatment can be tested in a large clinical study, it is necessary to test the safety and feasibility in a small group patients. This translational research requires high demands and is therefore time-consuming, labor-intensive and expensive. Via several programs ZonMw enables those first steps into the clinic.
ZonMw has several programmes related to this topic.