The medical profession, in particular cardiologists, acknowledge the fact that during the last 30 years, much of the progress made in the field of medicine has resulted from fruitful and close collaboration between academia and the pharmaceutical industry. However, during the last decade, this relationship has changed considerably. The industry increasingly carries out its own research, development of drugs and trials, according to its own agenda. As a result, academia has lost its influence. This has led to a dramatic increase in the cost of clinical randomised trials. In the meantime, academic careers and research have become less attractive to physicians. Funding for research is increasingly devoted to basic science, in particular genomics, and little is left for clinical research. As a result, many important clinical trials in various areas of medicine, including cardiology, remain unfunded

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