Failing Blockbuster Medicines, Eroding Operator Margins & Increased Pricing Pressures: What’s Next for Precision Medicine?
Posted 12th September 2018 by Jane Williams
The Precision Medicine and Biomarkers Leaders Summit: Europe takes place this week and in anticipation, we spoke to Unmesh Lal of Frost and Sullivan about his views on what the future holds for precision medicine and how the pharmaceutical industry has changed in recent times.
Posted 13th August 2018 by Jane Williams
The blockchain has the potential to enable the collaboration between patients, researchers, and care providers to provide individualised care for patients, but how can this technology be harnessed in a practical way?
This was one of the key questions that was asked at the Blockchain in Healthcare Congress and we had the pleasure of welcoming an array of expert speakers from pharma, academia, and industry to provide the answer.
Posted 21st May 2018 by Jane Williams
An inquiry by the House of Lords’ Science & Technology Committee has identified several issues that could hamper the delivery of the Life Sciences Industrial Strategy vision1. The critical report (Life Sciences Industrial Strategy: Who’s driving the bus? 1) brings together evidence from industry, academia and the NHS. It highlights several implementation challenges which require “prompt and vigorous action by the government” to ensure that the scope of Life Sciences Industrial Strategy can be achieved.
Posted 16th April 2018 by Jane Williams
The amount of data we are creating every day has increased exponentially to match the rise in use of smart and connected devices. The internet of things has connected every aspect of our lives to the digital realm: most of these devices operate by tracking your habits, movements, preferences, voice, and more, then logging those habits online. Specifically, the collection of health data has become abundant, because most people now have or wear some sort of device to track daily patterns, steps, cycles, and more. Even our phones often default to track these things for us, whether we choose to enable the function or not.
Posted 28th March 2018 by Jane Williams
The time for comprehensive IT security within healthcare facilities has come. We see news stories every day making the need obvious: stolen data, compromised devices, and interruptions in care delivery. The cyber security threat landscape is constantly evolving. Our defensive measures must evolve too.
Posted 13th March 2018 by Jane Williams
The pharmaceutical research industry is suffering from a lack of innovation, yet we see an exponential increase in new science and technologies. Open innovation, in the truest meaning, is a disruptive model that will greatly increase our joint chances of translating new research into treatments, but we need new ways of sharing and participating in collaborative drug research. Blockchain technologies can provide the digital infrastructure that allows trusted and secure transactions of research assets. Applying smart contracts on top of such infrastructure will further increase the speed of the life science ecosystem allowing exploration, co-creation, and transaction of research assets to happen in an unprecedented manner. In fact, we can’t afford to object to such a marriage between pharma open innovation and blockchain technologies.
Posted 7th February 2018 by Jane Williams
What is the blockchain?
According to a recent Forbes article: the blockchain is one of the most misunderstood technologies of 2017 (1). While most healthcare professionals have heard the term “blockchain” and are aware of the innovations in financial technology, few understand the fundamental principles behind the technology in order to speculate the impacts it will have on the healthcare industry, at hospitals, and for patients. This inability is common across sectors and can be attributed to the absence of any standard definition of blockchain technology. However, it is important that industry leaders have a firm basis for understanding it in order to foresee its impacts on their business. What follows is a list of key points for understanding the blockchain and enabling speculation on its impacts in healthcare:
Posted 31st January 2018 by Jane Williams
This article was originally published on the Surrey CoDE blog in January 2018, and is published here with permission.