Translational science is scientific research that aims to develop practical material to help people. The term is used mostly used in the health sciences for methods that directly improve human life.
NETS, Navigating the Ecosystem of Translational Science, is an interactive model of drug development intended to educate and empower individuals to get involved in translational science. Designed by Genetic Alliance, the model offers a more realistic and nuanced view of drug development than the traditional pipeline model. By grouping related processes into five different “neighborhoods,” NETS shows the general order of drug development while demonstrating its flexibility. NETS also provides toolkits of definitions, resources, and educational materials to disease advocacy organizations and basic researchers who want to become more involved in the drug development process.