The European Lead Factory is an entirely new kind of partnership, between public and private organisations, designed to promote innovation by ensuring in-depth collaboration, honest brokerage and enhanced communication. With 30 international partners and 150 employees, the EU Lead Factory capitalises on the innovation of academia, the agility of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and the experience and resources of the large pharmaceutical partners  that are members of the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA).