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Darius Hughes, Head of Vaccines Business Unit UK, Pfizer

Published on 15/07/19 at 10:56am

“Vaccines provide a unique opportunity to have a positive effect on hundreds of thousands of people” - Darius Hughes, Head of Vaccines Business Unit UK, Pfizer

Tell us about your career.  How did you find your way into the position you’re in today?

Top Ten most popular articles on this week!

This week’s most popular story covered news of Trump’s claims that he will introduce an executive order to ensure the United States pays the lowest drug prices in the world. The claim comes amid lively debate around drug pricing in the United States.

Across the pond, the UK Government said it would give boys the HPV vaccine in an effort to tackle cancers. The NHS also said it would try out a subscription style payment model for antibiotics in seeking to tackle the global crisis of antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

GSK hires computational drug design expert Dr Kim Branson as new head of machine learning and AI

Published on: 10/07/19

British multinational GlaxoSmithKline have hired computational drug design expert Dr Kim Branson as the company’s new Senior Vice President, Global Head of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.

In his new role, the biotech veteran will oversee projects which use AI to identify novel targets for potential medicines.

Dr Branson brings to the role more than 15 years’ worth of experience in biotech and academia having held positions at a number of Silicon Valley firms including Gliimpse, Lumia and Hessian Informatics.

Insider Interview: A roadblock for counterfeit drugs?

Published on 08/07/19 at 12:32pm

Dr Thomas Endress, Founder, and Dr Frederic Berkermann, co-?Founder, of a new technology being developed at the Merck Innovation Center explain the benefits of a novel solution whixch leverages blockchain to reinforce drug counterfeiting precautions and countermeasures.

Can you provide a bit of background on blockchain and explain the basics of how it works?

ABPI Chief Executive Mike Thompson to retire by the end of 2019

The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) has announced that its Chief Executive Mike Thompson is to retire from his role by the end of this year.

His decision to leave the association marks the end of a three-year run beginning in March 2016, when stepped in to take up the mantle from Alison Clough, who had served as the acting Chief Executive for much of 2015.

Top Ten most popular articles on this week!

The top story of this week covered Novartis’ announcement that they did not send chemicals that could be used to make chemical weapons to Syria. The announcement came as a relief to shareholders as shares in chemical distributor Brenntag plummeted after it was found they had send chemical weapon precursors to the war torn country.  

Living with mal de debarquement syndrome

Published on 01/07/19 at 11:40am
Dr Dai, Dr Mucci and Dr Yakushin at the 2018 Barany Society Meeting

Polly Moyer reflects on her experiences living with the rare condition mal de debarquement syndrome, and discusses how connecting with other rare disease patients in professional and personal contexts has helped her maintain optimism. 

Can you provide a bit of background on mal de debarquement syndrome?

Read the July/August edition of Pharmafocus online now!

The latest monthly edition of Pharmafocus, the July/August issue, is available to read for free online now!

The UK remains split right down the middle as the Brexit crisis rolls on and on, and while we have been side-tracked from one political wedge to focus on another – the race to become the new leader of the Conservative Party, and, ultimately, the next Prime Minister – there is still one issue that never fails to heal the divide: the defence of the NHS.

Top Ten most popular articles on this week

This week was diverse as always in terms of news coming out of the pharma industry, but the biggest news was undoubtedly the announcement of a $63 billion mega-merger between AbbVie and Allergan.

However, the story most popular with our readers this week is the news that Takeda intends to vacate all 1,000 of its staff from its US HQ by the end of the year.


Healthcare communications: Time to think differently with patient centricity

Published on 27/06/19 at 01:04pm

Patient centricity, derived from the NHS-driven thinking “no decision about me, without me”, has been adopted by pharma to understand their patients better, to make them part of the journey and to achieve better patient outcomes overall. As with most industries, the root to its success currently lies within patient data.

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