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Realising the promise of genomic testing across oncology

Unlocking the secrets of the human genome has long been an ambitious pursuit for researchers around the world. Over the past two decades, innovative research efforts, such as the Human Genome Project and 100,000 Genomes Project, have vastly expanded our understanding of the human genome and its role in driving research and development in oncology. …

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Realising the promise of cancer vaccines

For years, the promise of therapeutic cancer vaccines has intrigued researchers working in the oncology space. And for good reason. The concept of pre-emptively training the immune system to increase the frequencies of tumour-reactive T cells could be game-changing for cancer patients worldwide. Preventative vaccines have already proven to be highly effective against certain cancer …

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Deep Dive: Oncology 2022

Eradicating cancer is an ambitious goal for oncologists and life science companies around the world. But, with a growing number of cancer treatments entering the market each year and dedicated research efforts driving innovation in the sector, there are positive signs that the industry is on the right track. As this issue’s contributors discuss, by …

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ICSs: improving patient and market access at a local level

Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) – 42 partnerships of health and care organisations who will plan and deliver more joined-up services for their locality in England from 1 July 2022 – will touch on every issue that is shaping healthcare today. “A lot of things are happening in the environment right now and all of the …

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Time is motor neurons – the importance of newborn screening in SMA

Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a devastating, genetic neuromuscular disease caused by a lack of a functional SMN1 gene that results in the progressive and irreversible loss of motor neurons. SMA affects approximately one in 10,000 live births worldwide. The loss of motor neurons affects muscle functions, like breathing, swallowing, and walking. SMA, though a …

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Is it time to rethink electronic prescribing in the US?

It is a fact of life that most – if not all – patients will require some form of prescription medication during their lifetime. Generally, accessing their assigned medication is relatively straightforward, as non-specialty drugs can be dispensed through various channels, including national retail chains, community retail pharmacies, and mail-order pharmacies. But, for the select …

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Combination pricing: access to the future of oncology treatment relies on collaboration

Combination therapies are fast becoming the cornerstone of cancer treatment: not just in the UK, but across the world. With strong evidence to support how two or more medicines can work simultaneously to target different pathways in numerous ways, it’s clear that these kinds of treatments are vital in helping to change the way people …

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Closing the digital expectation gap in pharma

Jan Deman is Takeda’s head of digital customer experience for Europe and Canada. But he’d prefer not to refer to what he does as “innovation”. It’s a word, he says, that doesn’t reflect where pharma stands in relation to larger trends. “It’s not innovation in the usual sense of the word,” Deman says. “Mostly it …

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How do we make patient centricity a reality?

For years, the subject of fostering direct connections with patients has been highlighted by notable figures across the healthcare and life sciences industries as a key feature to be explored in future strategies. The trouble is, when it comes to turning these impassioned ideas into actionable progress, patient centricity has generally been limited to commercial …

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Leveraging KOL insights to succeed in a data-driven world

For years, key opinion leaders (KOLs) have held a position of authority and respect amongst those working across the life science industry, be it a result of their expertise in a specific therapeutic area, notable experience working in a particular field, or their connections with researchers, decision-makers, and patients. In a traditional setting, where face-to-face …

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Rethinking value: why diverse viewpoints matter

Value is a tricky concept to capture accurately. Given the diverse and complex world that we live in, different people will often hold contrasting views of what constitutes value. Identifying and measuring value is a particularly interesting quandary for life sciences companies, as inevitably each of these viewpoints will interact with the industry in some …

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Deep Dive: Market Access

For life science companies around the world, enabling faster access to innovative drugs and therapies is a complicated challenge. As this issue’s contributors discuss, changes in technologies and processes across the industry are disrupting traditional market access solutions and creating opportunities for companies to explore new avenues for innovation. Read on to find out how …

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Emerging technologies that are changing the way healthcare is delivered in 2022

Wherever you consider the medical industry, you will find several new technologies being used to make new medicines, vaccines, and fight illnesses. The purpose is to make our lifestyle better and healthier. The last two decades have been revolutionary for the healthcare industry. While many tech firms have applied their expertise to find solutions to …

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Why VCs fell in love with pharma R&D in 2021

For many years, those inside the pharma industry have been telling the same old story about innovation: pharma is big, slow, and risk averse. Start-ups move fast and break things. That culture clash makes it hard to innovate the world of pharma at scale and with any rapidity. And investment in pharma followed suit: pharma …

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Does the answer to advancing rare disease treatment lie in real-world data?

What do 300 million people have in common? They are living with rare diseases that are defined by their scarcity within the general population. In the United States, this means fewer than one in 1,500 people; in the EU, fewer than one in 2,000. That is 5% of the world’s population. The rarity of these …

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Using cross-functional teams to develop a product’s value story

Tanya Brinsden, senior VP of operations at ICON Global Medical Communications and Pubs Hub, Jessica Cherian, VP of content and strategic services at ICON Market Access and Reimbursement, and Béranger Lueza, principal Health Economics (HE) at ICON Global Health Economics, Outcomes Research and Epidemiology (GHEORE), discuss how essential a data-driven strategy is to successfully communicate …

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Think global, act local: rethinking commercialisation models

The global market for life sciences is changing rapidly. Fuelled by technological advancements and a global pandemic, there are more opportunities than ever for companies to get innovative and life-saving therapies to the patients that need them. But when it comes to marketing new therapies, the seemingly complex nature of global markets can be intimidating, …

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Amplifying the voices in rare diseases

There are approximately 300 million people around the world living with a rare disease. Yet, until relatively recently, there was limited focus on this heterogenous population. By their nature, rare diseases are just that – rare – with a wide array of symptoms and severities affecting patients, which makes it challenging for pharma companies to …

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Deep Dive: Research and Development

Fuelled by advancements in technology and computing, R&D in life sciences is undergoing a fundamental transformation that puts patients at the heart of research. Read on to find out using digital twins of clinical experiments could help drive progress in virtual biological models, why venture capitalists fell in love with pharma R&D in 2021, and …

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Accelerating patient engagement in the digital health era

Understanding the person behind the patient is a crucial part of medicine, one that healthcare providers can use to improve the efficacy of treatments. At the 2021 Frontiers Health conference in Milan, Mark Duman and Paul Tunnah discuss the importance of co-creating with patients. Over the past 50-years, demand for patient and public involvement in …

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Pushing the right buttons for transformative digital health

Digital health and technologies offer a wealth of opportunities, but digital needs to become part of a company’s DNA to achieve transformation. Rodamni Peppa, Boston Scientific’s vice-president for business strategy & commercial excellence for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, gives insight into a four-year digital journey with Dr Paul Tunnah at the 2021 Frontiers …

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Powered by digital: driving transformation and innovation in healthcare

Digital health is transforming the way that we approach healthcare, but how can companies make the most of this new multi-channel engagement model? Dr Paul Tunnah sits down with a panel of experts at the 2021 Frontiers Health conference to learn more about innovation opportunities in the sector. There are very few instances where an …

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Digital health: making medicine more human

Covid-19 has lit a fire under the medical industry, driving them to re-evaluate and incorporate digital engagement models. Now, healthcare companies have a unique opportunity to continue this momentum beyond the pandemic bubble as Healthware Group CEO Roberto Ascione tells Dr Paul Tunnah at the 2021 Frontiers Health conference in Milan. Digital health has undergone …

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Optimised clinical research through decentralised trials

Not only did the COVID-19 pandemic bring lockdown rules and increased safety protocols, it also led to delays, reconfigurations, limited patient access, and other restrictions for life science research and development. However, one benefit is that it accelerated innovations underway to solve long-standing clinical process issues. “The pandemic turbo-charged trial decentralisation,” says Caroline Redeker, senior …

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A multi-platform approach: the future of patient services

Andy Graves and Dr Clare Moloney of IQVIA discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the adoption of digital patient services and how future deployment alongside traditional methods could offer the best of both approaches. They outline how the momentum developed in the utilisation of digital solutions during this period can be built on to create …

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Understanding the prevention and treatment needs for cardiovascular disease

What does the current picture of cardiovascular disease in Europe look like? Surprisingly for many, cardiovascular disease (CVD) is Europe’s leading cause of death – not cancer, as many people would assume. Last year, over 60 million people in the EU – more than the population of Italy – were living with CVD. While there …

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The rise, acceleration and acceptance of telehealth adoption

‘Healing at a distance’ is the literal meaning of telemedicine. According to the World Health Organization, it is defined as the use of ICT to improve patient outcomes by increasing access to care and medical information, incorporating new advancements in technology and responding and adapting to the changing health needs and contexts of societies. Within …

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Targeted agents and immunotherapies

Targeted agents and immunotherapies are two of the most promising areas for significant advancements in cancer treatment. Envision Pharma’s scientific solutions division lead Rebecca Goldstein, discusses this topic and other developments that cancer patients and their loved ones should be paying attention to. People with cancer and their caregivers have long been active participants in …

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Deep Dive: Digital Health 2021

There is no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the adopt of digital health. As this issue’s contributors discuss, the rapid transition to digital has showcase the potential of technology across the industry, but how can we continue this momentum beyond the pandemic? Read on for a look at some of the biggest stories …

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How the combination treatment challenge impacts patients and how we are working together to solve it

How the combination treatment challenge impacts patients Access to medicines attracts a great deal of interest from patients, clinicians, and the public and there have been significant advances in drug development in recent years which looks set to continue. Many new treatments can provide improved outcomes for patients, extending and increasing their quality of life. …

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Recruiting patients to increase diversity & inclusion in clinical trials: one size does not fit all

More so now than ever, the inclusion of more diverse, and often more relevant, study populations is gathering momentum within the clinical trial community. From calls for more diversity in age, gender, and ethnic groups, to more consideration for lifestyle and cultural differences, trials need to ensure they represent the key population of interest and …

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The booming life sciences sector needs dynamic real estate support

Bruntwood SciTech is the UK’s leading property provider dedicated to driving the growth of the science and technology sector. UK life sciences are buoyant with the success of the COVID-19 vaccine programme and a stream of innovation and investment marking it out for a starring role in the UK’s economic future. The government has pledged …

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How biomarkers and bioanalytics are changing R&D

Biomarkers have been causing a paradigm shift in how HCPs treat patients for some time – now they are bringing the pharma industry a new gold standard for clinical research. Thomas Turi, chief scientific officer at Nexelis, tells us how a biomarker-led R&D approach is transforming drug development in disease areas like non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) …

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Health literacy for the intellectually disabled: is pharma doing enough?

What is health literacy and why is it important? Health literacy (HL), defined by the CDC as the degree to which individuals have the ability to find, understand and use information and services to inform health-related decisions and actions for themselves and others, is a valuable tool against health inequalities and negative patient outcomes. Low …

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Leveraging real-world data to meet payers’ needs

Payers are becoming savvier in accepting real-world data. Certara’s Lee Stern and Shawn Bates discuss the challenges and how pharma can use real-world data to meet payers’ needs. For years, clinical trial data was king. But as healthcare costs continue to be squeezed, there is pressure on pharmaceutical companies to actually deliver on clinical trial …

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Time for a new model in patient access

Mig Sleeper, vice president, Global Pricing for Astellas Pharma Europe, explains why we must rethink how value is defined as we enter a new technological era for medicines.   Why is a new access model so pressing, and has the pandemic accelerated the situation? Yes, it has. Although the need for a change in the …

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Time to take patient engagement to the next level

Patient engagement in pharma is evolving, with some companies doing it better than others. Envision Pharma Group’s Dawn Lobban and Sarah Avent discuss the need to engage with patients at every level for holistic inclusion of the patient voice in order for pharma to become truly patient-centric. The Covid pandemic has sparked people’s interest in …

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Patients want to be heard. Is pharma listening?

A common theme heard from the advocacy groups AXON works with is “Nothing for us without us,” says Natalie Turner, director at AXON, a global healthcare communications agency. Patients want to be part of the healthcare conversation and genuinely heard by those who make the final decisions, but pharma does not always understand how to …

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Three views on technology improving clinical trial efficiency

Marie Emms, vice president of site and patient participation at Syneos Health, tells us technology helped increase patient enrolment, improve diversity and inclusion, and boost retention rates for clinical trials after the pandemic. Still, she says a lot needs to be done to continue this upward trajectory. “There’s an acknowledgement among companies that the paradigm …

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Emerging from the shadow of COVID-19

We now have a unique opportunity to re-discover what matters most to patients, says Alnylam’s Kasha Witkos. In the biotech industry, if you are not motivated by helping patients and potentially transforming their lives, then you’re in the wrong job. Yet understanding what people go through on their journey – particularly those living with a …

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Deep Dive: Patients and Partnerships

As the world is slowly, gradually, hopefully emerges from the shadow of COVID-19 there’s a unique opportunity to re-discover what matters most to patients. In this issue there are insights from Astellas and Alnylam, plus informed commentary on health literacy, patients’ role in the healthcare conversation and we also look at R&D innovation in areas …

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How are the European pharma and biotech sectors addressing strategic communications?

Stakeholder expectations are high and, with all eyes on healthcare at the moment, it is essential for companies to go beyond generic commitments, says Rosanna Campbell-Gray. Consumers are driving and accelerating change when it comes to healthcare, demanding better, faster and more accessible services. The COVID-19 pandemic has further altered the dynamics for this sector …

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BMS’ Catherine Owen: Hybrid communication is here to stay

The company’s senior vice president for major markets (Europe, Canada and Japan) talks about the continued evolution of pharma’s approach to communications and commercialisation. The core of Bristol Myers Squibb’s commercial business outside its home base of the US covers most of the large countries in Europe, as well as Canada and Japan. These 19 …

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A Life in a Day by The Method

Patient centricity has become a key aspiration for the pharma industry over the last several years, but getting entire organisations to think and behave in a patient-centric way can be challenging. The Method is an innovative learning and development company delivering a ground-breaking programme designed to achieve tangible patient-centric results within pharma and healthcare The …

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Translating EU presence to US market success

Companies looking to replicate a drug’s EU market success in the US will face significant hurdles unless they are fully aware of the ever-changing national and state requirements and regulations, says Two Labs’ Howard Miller. As the world’s largest single pharmaceutical market, the US should – at least at first glance – provide a simplified …

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Navigating the patient maze – pharma’s evolving challenge

Pharma companies are embracing patient centricity in drug development more than ever before. Over the last decade, leaders in the industry have championed patient engagement, putting it at the heart of commercial strategies. It’s a hard task to get right though, as ICON’s Chris O’Toole explains, but the rewards can be huge on both sides. …

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It’s time to rethink the physician-pharma relationship

The traditional sales channel for the pharmaceutical industry has centered on face-to-face interaction with its core target audience – prescribing physicians. What happens when suddenly that form of interaction is taken away? Michael Brandreth, group vice president at WebMD Global, tells us how the events of the last 18 months make it more important than …

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Refining digital collaboration

Pharmaceutical companies are traditionally more conservative with their approach to and incorporation of new technologies; however, prior to COVID, the industry had begun moving toward intersecting health and technology. Natalie Yeadon, Co-founder and CEO of Impetus Digital, tells us how COVID has accelerated digital health transformation and made effective virtual collaboration more important than ever. …

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Closing pharma’s communication gap with patients

The pharma industry has been talking about being patient-centric for years, but often that rhetoric hasn’t been accompanied by real change in the way product development is carried out. Keri McDonough thinks there is still a still a void between some pharma and patients, but one that can be bridged by developers who make a …

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Leveraging a strong product launch to build a successful pharma brand

So much effort goes into ensuring the successful launch of a new pharmaceutical product or indication, but it’s only once that has been achieved that the real work begins, says Align Strategy’s Christine Fletcher. Introducing a new pharmaceutical brand is akin to asking someone to change their established habits, and first impressions of that treatment …

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The post-pandemic evolution of pharma-doctor digital interactions

M3’s Tim Russell and Maxim Polyakov, together with Digital Futureway’s Heather Hancock, discuss new research on how doctor engagement has been altered by COVID-19. COVID-19 forced an unprecedented shift towards the virtual delivery of healthcare, suddenly compelling doctors increasingly to use digital means to care for their patients. As healthcare resources and delivery were prioritised, …

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Deep Dive: Communications and Commercialisation

The COVID-19 pandemic kickstarted a period of profound change in how the pharmaceutical industry approaches both communications and commercialisation. In some cases it was an accelerant for existing plans, but it has also caused some new shifts in the landscape, shifts that have yet to be completed. This issue assesses European pharma’s approach to strategic …

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Cancer research faces uncertain post-COVID landscape

There’s a bright future ahead for cancer research in the UK, but only if the government is able to implement a clear plan for funding and development going forward, says The Institute of Cancer Research, London’s Paul Workman. Cancer research in the UK risks facing a “perfect storm” of stalled work and reduced funding that …

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Surprise pandemic lessons for pharma

Ask people in most western nations to think back to 2019 and consider what they would have said then about the potential impact of a pandemic on their everyday lives and my guess is that the vast majority of us would have had little insight into what would happen. Residents of Southeast Asia who had …

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Lessons from the first generation of cell and gene oncology trials

Advances in cell and gene science are paving the way for transformative cancer treatments, but there are still many complexities in delivering clinical trials for these therapies. ICON’s Tamie Joeckel and Brandon Fletcher take us through best-practice approaches to CGT studies and discuss what the future could hold for this exciting area. Cell and gene …

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Oncology R&D: the patient insights we’re still missing, and how to catch up

Imagine you are a pharma executive working in oncology R&D. The landscape is rapidly becoming more competitive and overcrowded. You are under pressure to bring solutions now, and for your entire career, you have been taught that things must be done a certain way. Patient engagement is viewed by many as a nice-to-have rather than …

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Digital tools key to immuno-oncology’s future: report

If ASCO 2021 proves anything, it’s that the explosion in immuno-oncology therapies over the last few years shows no signs of slowing down. As the field becomes more crowded, digital tools may be critical for improving outcomes, says a new whitepaper. The whitepaper, ‘The Role of Digital Health in Immuno-oncology Therapy Development and Adoption’ from …

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Oncology and a year of COVID: lessons for the future

COVID’s impact on cancer care and oncology research has been devastating, but the pandemic has also opened up opportunities to take learnings and create long-lasting change in research, practice and education, says Lucid’s Frances O’Connor. The COVID-19 pandemic might finally be in its latter stages after a year and a half of disruption, but its …

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How hybrid virtual engagement is accelerating oncology communication

COVID has revolutionised the way pharma engages with healthcare stakeholders – but to be truly successful, digital engagement needs to move away from an overreliance on real-time meetings, say experts from Within3. By making virtual meetings a necessity, COVID has forced pharma to adopt a more flexible, digitally-driven approach to stakeholder interaction – but in …

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Enabling healthcare’s digital future

Debiopharm Innovation Fund’s Tanja Dowe on investing in digital health start-ups and supporting them on their rollercoaster rides to improve patient outcomes The weight of expectation hangs heavy over the digital health sector. Even before COVID-19 struck, shattering established societal and healthcare norms, much was expected from start-ups that could combine health and tech. Now, …

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Digital health developments: a new investment era for start-ups

Healthware Labs’ Kristin Milburn explores how digital health start-ups can harness the huge potential for the sector in a post-COVID world and the paths they need to take to grow their business. Digital health has come a long way in the past decade – and Kristin Milburn says that the sector could now be about …

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Why pharma shouldn’t forget about sites in a post-COVID world

The pandemic forced massive changes to oncology sites to ensure patient safety and research continuity – but we must recalibrate and work with sites to understand the value proposition of the technologies and methodologies adopted, says Syneos Health’s Angela Hirst. Formerly an oncology nurse and now director of Sites and Patient Services at Syneos Health’s …

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How digital pathways are changing healthcare

As demonstrated throughout COVID, digital health is no longer experimental. Digital technologies are proving their value by allowing for better care, improved adherence and a more connected ecosystem between doctors, patients and pharma. Ampersand Health has been working in the space since 2015 and has seen it evolve from a niche approach with limited acceptance …

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Turning words into actions with patient engagement

Boehringer Ingelheim’s Carinne Brouillon tells us how the company co-created its recent Global Patient Partnership Summit with patients and how the meeting brought representatives together to design actionable projects for pharma-patient engagement. This article appears in our free digital magazine Deep Dive: Market Access 2021. Read a preview below: As pharma seeks new and better …

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Turning words into actions with patient engagement

Boehringer Ingelheim’s Carinne Brouillon tells us how the company co-created its recent Global Patient Partnership Summit with patients and how the meeting brought representatives together to design actionable projects for pharma-patient engagement. This article appears in our free digital magazine Deep Dive: Market Access 2021. Read a preview below: As pharma seeks new and better …

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How the patient voice is becoming vital for drug approval

Rebecca Sanders from Lipodystrophy UK tells us how the patient voice helped convince NICE to approve a much-needed drug for this rare disease, and explores how regulators and pharma companies can help make patient involvement in HTA more impactful. This article appears in our free digital magazine Deep Dive: Market Access 2021. Read below for …

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“A long way to go” for digital health reimbursement

A recent analysis delves into the challenges companies face in getting digital health technologies reimbursed and presents recommendations for how these products can find a smoother path to market. This article appears in our free digital magazine Deep Dive: Market Access 2021. Read a preview below: In many ways, the healthcare sector is still wrestling …

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Time for a NICE change

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is world-renowned for their work assessing the clinical and cost-effectiveness of new treatments. In recognition of how the world has changed over its history, NICE is coming to the end of a period of review and consultation on their processes and methods. Leela Barham takes stock. …

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Rethinking access barriers to innovation

Market access issues don’t stop once a product has passed HTA – and this is especially true for disruptive therapies like ATMPs. Experts from Executive Insight discuss how a holistic, multi-stakeholder approach can help companies overcome access barriers at all stages. This article appears in our digital magazine Deep Dive: Market Access 2021. Read on …

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AI meets RWE: The future of drug assessment?

Savana’s Dr Ignacio Medrano explains how machine learning and natural language processing technology is opening up huge amounts of previously-inaccessible real-world evidence (RWE) for pharma and regulators. This article appears in out digital magazine Deep Dive: Market Access 2021. Read below for a preview: Real world evidence (RWE) is rapidly evolving. Having gone from being …

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Listening to ultra-rare disease communities

When it comes to ultra-rare diseases, the smaller the patient population, the bigger the challenges. As a global commercial biopharmaceutical company pioneering therapies for ultra-rare diseases, PTC Therapeutics is familiar with the challenges. The company prides itself on a patient-centric approach to treatment but there can be significant hurdles in patients accessing potentially life-changing treatments. …

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How to improve payer engagement with tailored value communication

Pharmaceutical drug success rests on being able to achieve market access. Brands are facing increasing pressure to demonstrate strong value propositions in increasingly crowded therapeutic areas. However, value can mean different things to different payers. In this article, Cecilie Alstad, senior analyst at Research Partnership, discusses how an approach established in the world of marketing …

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From representation to empowerment: Putting patients at the centre of medicine reimbursement

Experts from Vynamic discuss their vision for a future where patients are at the heart of medicine reimbursement in Europe – and provide actionable steps for achieving this. This article appears in full in our digital magazine Deep Dive: Market Access 2021. Read below for a sneak-peak: The reimbursement landscape in Europe is complex. There …

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How will NICE fare in a post-Brexit world?

NICE has a global reputation as a pioneering HTA – but is that influence at risk now that the UK has left the EU? Experts from ICON give us their views on the past, present and future of NICE’s standing on the world stage. This article appears in our digital magazine, Deep Dive: Market Access …

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Research predicts the post-COVID landscape for HCP engagement

IQVIA’s Liz Murray takes us through the company’s latest research into HCPs’ attitudes to pharma engagement, and asks how pharma sales forces can adapt for future changes. This article appears in full in Deep Dive: Market Access 2021. Read a preview below: Recent ChannelDynamics data from IQVIA shows that while there has been a marked …

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A year on: pandemic driven trends in HCP engagement

IQVIA’s John Procter explores why the industry should be paying attention to the changing HCP customer experience in the wake of COVID-19. This article appears in full in this month’s Deep Dive digital magazine on Market Access. Here is a preview: As we reach the end of the first quarter of 2021, our customers continue …

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Deep Dive: Market Access

It’s fair to say this is the most interesting time ever for market access. Not only has COVID forced companies, governments and healthcare systems to work towards approving drugs and vaccines in record times, the sector is also facing an influx of digital therapeutics and advanced drugs that don’t fit neatly into existing access frameworks. …

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Culture changes – FUJIFILM Irvine Scientific’s COO on cell therapy, COVID vaccines and 50 years of the company

From animal processing, to cell therapy and AI, Tim Mullane, president, and chief operating officer tells pharmaphorum how FUJIFILM Irvine Scientific has evolved to become one of the top manufacturers of cell culture media. Although Irvine Scientific joined parent company Fujifilm in 2018, its roots can be traced back to the 1970s, where it started …

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LEO Pharma’s new R&D lead on driving agility in drug development

After 27 years at Bayer, Jörg Möller has moved to LEO Pharma as the company’s EVP, global research and development. We spoke to him about the lessons he’s taking from his prior jobs into the new role and what it means to be an R&D leader in the modern industry. As global head of research …

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Inside the UK’s leading efforts to restart clinical research

A herculean national effort has seen 69% of paused studies due to COVID restarted under the National Institute for Health Research’s (NIHR) Restart Framework. Experts from the institute tell us how those numbers can be further boosted, and how lessons learned from the sector-wide collaboration will change UK research forever. There has been a remarkable …

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Focus on Rare: the invisible burden of rare diseases

Emma Sutcliffe from NexGen Healthcare Communications looks at how patient insights can bring the invisible challenges of living with a rare condition into plain view. Over the past decade there has been considerable investment by pharma into research for rare disease as the patient voice and advocacy movement have done an outstanding job of raising …

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The post-COVID face of pharma research and development

The acute phase of the COVID-19 pandemic not only brought delays, restrictions, and reconfigurations to pharmaceutical research & development in 2020, but also a more flexible response to some long-standing issues with the clinical trials process.  Lockdown rules and safety protocols certainly made it harder for patients to travel to trial sites, while a refocusing …

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Patient partnerships: putting relevance into relationships

There are perhaps two ways to look at 2020 – on the surface, it has been a year of pandemic health catastrophe, on a deeper level it has been a year where we finally acknowledged the fragility of health partnerships and the importance of good relationships between the pharmaceutical industry and the patients it serves. …

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3 practical steps for improving patient support

Research Partnership’s Emilie Braund and Harrison Gaiger dig down into the top insights pharma companies can harness to make their patient support programmes as powerful as possible. The pandemic has undoubtedly disrupted the healthcare landscape and amplified the complex factors that influence and shape patient journeys. Findings from our recently published whitepaper ‘Free thinking: The …

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A collaborative approach to greater diversity in clinical trials

The need for diversity in clinical trial populations has been a topic of discussion across regulators and the industry in general for decades. Despite the introduction of US policies, beginning with the 1993 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Revitalization Act which called for the inclusion of more women and communities of colour in clinical trials, …

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Enabling new models of care: pursuing pharma’s partnership potential

There is a huge, ongoing shift in how health and wellness is approached in the UK, and the changes will have important implications for NHS-industry partnerships. Transformative change is coming to the NHS and is set to radically alter how the UK’s health service cares for people at a population level. The NHS Long Term …

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‘No going back’ for clinical trials after COVID

Trial sites have adapted swiftly to the restrictions of COVID-19, and patients have seen many knock-on benefits as a result. The next step is ensuring the industry does not regress to old ways of working once the pandemic is over, say Karen McIntyre and Allyson Small. COVID-19 has changed everything for clinical trials – but …

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How patient insights are changing trial solutions

Patients have been asking for patient-centric trial solutions for years – the industry just hasn’t been listening. That’s according to Medidata’s Anthony Costello, who was bringing patient feedback into product design long before COVID-19. He tells us what insights pharma has been missing out on and how they can be harnessed to build better solutions. …

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True patient-focused research through decentralised and hybrid trials

How can pharma improve the patient-centricity of its trials during COVID-19 and beyond? Experts from across the sector give their thoughts on the key approaches and technologies that are driving patient engagement forward. With COVID-19 presenting new barriers to running and recruiting for clinical trials, making studies patient-centric is more important now than ever before. …

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Boosting the impact of patient services

New research from Accenture has revealed that adoption of patient support services hasn’t improved since 2015 despite increasing pharma investment. The company’s Jennifer Spada tells us how companies can boost awareness of their programmes to improve patient outcomes. As part of its drive towards patient centricity, the pharma industry has increasingly been building patient support …

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Finding agility in unprecedented times

Nicole Farmer, general manager, UK & Ireland at Sanofi Genzyme, tells us how the company aimed for agile adaptation during COVID-19, and how these lessons are driving patient centricity going forward. 2020 has been a watershed year for every company in the industry – and for Nicole Farmer, general manager for the UK & Ireland …

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Patient journeys in the era of COVID-19

OPEN Health’s Richard Jones and Sumira Riaz assess the pandemic’s implications for understanding patients’ experiences and how the pharma industry can support them It’s impossible not to view healthcare in 2020 through the lens of the current global pandemic and COVID-19 is certainly set to cast a long shadow over patient needs and engagement. Even …

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How pharma needs to change for the era of digital health

Experts from Healthware Group explore how companies can rebuild their approach to digital from the ground up for the benefit of patients. Digital is not just a nice-to-have for pharma companies – it’s a necessity for ensuring that patients have the best possible outcomes in modern healthcare systems. With digital tools and techniques being able …

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Deep Dive: Patients and Partnerships

As this issue’s title suggests, patient centricity is about more than just talking points and marketing strategies – it requires companies to truly listen to, engage with and partner with the patients they serve, and in putting this month’s Deep Dive together it’s been great to see that so many pharma firms are now taking …

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VR, COVID and ensuring safety with cutting-edge tech

Not too long ago virtual reality (VR) tech might have seemed like a dream, but now it’s being harnessed by the healthcare industry for a wide variety of purposes, and during COVID-19 has helped educate physicians when real-world training isn’t feasible Commercial VR is still a relatively fresh prospect, but already the pharma and healthcare …

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Navigating the NHS as a digital start-up

We speak to finalists from the Greater Manchester Future of Health accelerator to find out how digital start-ups can overcome the challenges small companies face in bringing their technologies into the NHS. Right now the NHS is embracing digital to an extent no one could have foreseen a year ago – but that doesn’t mean …

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A pivotal moment for digital health adoption

Former chief digital officer for the NHS, Juliet Bauer, is now applying her experience to the private sector through video consultation firm Livi. She shares her thoughts on how well the NHS is integrating digital health and what the public and private sectors can do to further boost adoption. Bauer’s path to working in the …

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What will the digital health ecosystem look like post-COVID?

COVID-19 has turned the world on its head and healthcare systems have had to respond rapidly to match the sudden changes created by lockdown. Digital health had already been building a presence before the pandemic, but the tools it offers have been essential to counter the disruption caused by the coronavirus, reports Richard Staines. COVID-19 …

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3 innovations booming during COVID and how to adopt them successfully

Research Partnership’s Vicki Newlove explores research into digital change during COVID-19 to find out what business questions pharma needs to address to succeed with innovations. Pharma companies are facing a confusing and uncertain future, and no one can say how the industry might look in a year’s time, or what the balance of digital and …

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Digital therapeutics: Why human psychology is key to adoption

The healthcare system is running at its limits in many countries worldwide. One reason is the growing demand for healthcare, largely driven by the rise of chronic diseases. COVID-19 has further underscored just how stretched the system is today. Is there any solution to the twin challenge of managing costs while extending capacity? We believe …

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Building the infrastructure for successful digital health start-ups

2020 might go down as the year digital health truly began to boom – but to continue thriving, health tech start-ups will need a strong support network and an environment that fosters innovation. With advanced tech becoming ubiquitous, healthcare stakeholders finally embracing digital, and patients rapidly shifting their preferences, there has arguably never been a …

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Two decades of digital: the changing habits of pharma and HCPs

When Chris Cooper of EPG Health launched his ‘European Prescriber Guide’ software twenty years ago, he was among a select few taking digital in pharma seriously. Since then he has seen the industry slowly come to embrace every aspect of digital. He tells pharmaphorum how pharma can learn from the past to enter an innovative …

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Germany’s digital health changes will boost digital therapeutics in Europe

Digital therapeutics are gaining momentum worldwide and offer developers, including pharma, both a huge opportunity and a stimulating market access challenge, say Olaf Schoeman and Emanuele Arcà. The last 12 months have shone a spotlight on digital transformation in Europe’s healthcare systems, with all the signs pointing to digital therapeutics (DTx) moving ever more into …

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A new dawn for clinical trial management

It’s time for pharma to take a 360-degree view of its clinical trial data and step into the future with near real-time trial management. The pharmaceutical industry faces an important inflection point in its approach to clinical trials and it’s one that COVID-19 has thrown into even sharper relief. The last great change for studies …

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The key elements driving the success of digital health

Ahead of Frontiers Health 2020, steering committee members Roberto Ascione and Paul Tunnah from Healthware give us their thoughts on the trends driving the bright future of digital health. It might be easy to think of pharma and healthcare as conservative industries, but the reality is that digital health is now far further along than …

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Deep Dive: Digital Health Innovation 2020

Most of the digital health experts we spoke to for this issue of Deep Dive made one thing clear – no one can really say what the future holds for digital tech in the pharma and healthcare industries. But this isn’t necessarily a bad thing – our interviewees also stressed that if companies can remain …

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Responding to dynamic shifts in value communications

OPEN Health’s Beth Lesher and Annemarie Clegg examine what the convergence of medical communications and market access means for pharmaceutical companies. Value in healthcare is a continually changing concept. As the needs of different stakeholders evolve and gain in prominence, pharmaceutical companies must be prepared to address value from various viewpoints using a variety of …

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The tools and techniques making virtual patient simulations more realistic than ever

Patient simulations have been a key tool for educating physicians in some form for hundreds of years – and now cutting-edge technologies are helping them become more realistic and informative than ever. Medscape’s Martin Warters tells us more. Learning from a textbook can only take you so far, and when doctors need to put theory …

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Cutting through the noise for HCPs

In a world producing more content than ever before, getting information to time-poor HCPs can be incredibly difficult – even if they want to find it. Ian Daley and Jonathan Macdonald from EPG Health tell us how pharma can take cues from digital publishing and companies like Amazon to make sure their messages get heard. …

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GSK’s John Fleming on rethinking oncology from the ground up

What if we could look at cancer treatment from a completely fresh perspective? This is the philosophy GSK’s UK country medical head for oncology, John Fleming, wants to bring to the company as it rethinks its approach to cancer. Fleming joined Novartis in 2015, when GSK divested its oncology portfolio to the Swiss firm. It …

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Commercialising innovative new medicines

As pharmaceutical ingenuity hits new heights, ensuring that patients gain access to innovative medicines requires a unique combination of evidence generation and communication Working with all stakeholders to generate evidence that communicates value, from early phase development to launch and reimbursement, is essential in therapy areas including oncology. These are challenging times for the pharmaceutical …

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How to increase haematologists’ and oncologists’ confidence with new treatments

A new whitepaper from Medscape highlights the difficulties haematologists and oncologists face in keeping up with rapid developments in treatment. We speak to the company’s Katie Lucero and Victoria Harvey-Jones to find out how independent medical education is changing to help HCPs increase their confidence in treating cancer patients. It’s an exciting time to be …

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Clinical decision support tools will help oncologists manage complexity

Making treatment decisions is a tough choice for oncologists: a therapy might save or significantly extend one patient’s life but not deliver the desired outcome for another patient. Reaching this decision involves weighing a variety of data – from clinical trials to the patient’s medical background – and with the advent of more personalised oncology, …

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