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The industrial R&D environment is definitely different from traditional academic labs. I can define the power of R&D in an industrial setting being a ‘market driven model of research.’ The end product of research in industry is a tangible entity, be it a small molecule compound/drug, or an assay for screening small molecule compounds leading to drug discovery. The product has to sell and bring in the value for the investment in the research dollars. Thus, industrial research requires the team of scientists to work in a cohesive manner. This is probably the major distinction between the nature of research in an academic lab vs industry. Academic labs are more focused on advancing the basic knowledge of science, to prove new hypotheses and bring out novel discoveries. Industries use this knowledge to design and ...