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Making things personal: Roche and personalised medicine

Published on 13/08/19 at 11:42am

Ann Costello, Global Franchise Lead, Centralised Solutions at Roche Diagnostics, discusses the increasing need for a personalised approach to patient care to tackle today’s health challenges, and how big data and the interplay between pharmaceuticals and diagnostics are key to driving progress in this area.

Can you explain the core idea behind personalised medicine and why it is increasingly gathering traction?

Living with a rare genetic neurodevelopmental disorder

Published on 05/08/19 at 12:36pm

Vaila Morrison’s daughter Eilidh was born with the ultra-rare condition KAT6A. As a designer and architect by profession, Vaila told Pharmafocus the ways in which having daughter with a disability transformed the way she sees the world.

What can you tell us about KAT6A?

The patient is always right: Extracting the full value of PROMs

Published on 29/07/19 at 11:52am

Patient-reported outcomes measures are an invaluable tool in ensuring that the patient remains in the driving seat when it comes to their own care. But are they really hitting the mark in today’s healthcare systems? Matt Fellows investigates...

The traditional model of healthcare, particularly in the UK, has calcified over time into a train of decision-making where the most important voice – the patient’s themselves – has been largely excluded from the key discussions.

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?

Implementing “the safest medicines system in the world”

Published on 10/06/19 at 10:35am
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With debates heating up over cooperation between European across the continent, Matt Fellows investigates the current state of packaging countermeasures in the region after delegated regulation to the Falsified Medicines Directive came into force earlier this year.

Working Life: Monika Pocinkova, Vice President, HR Speciality Care, Ipsen UK & Ireland

Published on 03/06/19 at 12:46pm

Ipsen's Vice President of HR Speciality Care discusses the path she has taken throughout her career, the cultural differences she has experienced, and why HR is such an important function in any functional and sucessful firm.

You studied at the Czech University of Life Sciences Prague. Was your plan always to work in the pharmaceutical and life sciences industry?

The global rise in antibiotic resistance threatens infection prevention and cure

Published on 20/05/19 at 01:23pm

Dr Bill Love, Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Destiny Pharma, discusses the rise of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), the antibiotic stewardship required to offset this global threat, and the additional incentivisation initiatives needed to promote innovation, as well as the role of preventative antimicrobial treatments as an important element of this global fight against AMR.

A day in the life: Lance Hill, CEO at Within3

Published on 17/05/19 at 09:23am

Could you give a short history of how you came to be in your current role?

I've spent my entire career in technology.  My passion is how technology is applied to change the way we work and live.  When social media technologies emerged, I became very interested in how this new technology paradigm would change the workplace.  That led to Within3, where we focus on improving communication throughout all the stakeholder groups within healthcare. 

Insider Interview: Paving paths in prostate cancer

Published on 16/05/19 at 11:39am

Joaquin Casariego Garcia Luben, Medical Affairs Director Europe, Middle East & Africa, Prostate Cancer for Johnson & Johnson (pictured) discusses Janssen’s vision in Oncology and how the company is building on its heritage in prostate cancer to deliver transformational outcomes for patient.

What is Janssen’s vision in oncology?

Will mobile phones save the NHS?

Published on 07/05/19 at 11:38am

The NHS is sick. According to politicians and NHS chiefs, the cure involves a strong dose of mHealth. Louis Goss asks to what extent mobile health apps can solve the problems of the increasingly strained health service.

Understaffed, underfunded and overstretched; Britain’s beloved National Health Service is under pressure like never before. As said succinctly in a parliamentary report from 2017: “Our NHS, our ‘national religion’, is in crisis and the adult social care system is on the brink of collapse.”

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