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February 22, 2016

Pharma Technology Focus – Issue 44

In this issue: Clinical trials in Russia, how understanding the microbiome could help with drug delivery, making the most of data analytics, the potential of wearable trackers in clinical trial data collection, the pharma industry's role in fighting climate change and more.

By Eloise Mclennan

Pharma Technology Focus - Issue 44

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Russia has been boosting its credentials as a prime location for early-stage clinical trials, with 70% of new drugs registered in Europe in 2015 tested in phase I-II studies in the country. We explore Russia’s growing popularity as a trial location and challenges that remain or foreign companies looking for study sites.

We also find out how new research into the human microbiome could support the development of drugs that mitigate the effects of radical treatments such as chemotherapy on the body, and hear from GlobalData why a concerted global effort is needed to tackle the threat of antimicrobial resistance.

Also in this issue, we find out from Amplexor Life Sciences how the life sciences sector can make the most out of real-time data and analytics tools, and we speak to Medidata about its efforts to integrate wearable health trackers such as Fitbits into the drug development and clinical trial process to improve the collection of patient data.

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In this issue

On the Right TrackWith global warming and the resulting severe weather patterns exacerbating a host of public health threats around the world, the pharma industry is stepping up its efforts to tackle the effects of climate change on health. Chris Lo finds out more.Read the article.

The Road to RussiaRussia is emerging as a popular study location thanks to high recruitment rates and low costs, but challenges remain. Elly Earls explores the country’s future as a market for clinical trials.Read the article.

The Power of the Microbiome It’s known that bacteria affect the way we interact with medicines, but the underlying mechanisms and their potential for drug development are only just being explored. Abi Millar speaks to the biotechnology company at the forefront of this research.Read the article.

Joining ForcesPharma companies from around the globe have declared their commitment to fighting antimicrobial resistance. Mirco Junker, PhD, GlobalData’s analyst for infectious diseases, reports on the need for a concerted effort and incentives for innovative R&D.Read the article.

Analytics: the Key to Innovation?Analytics and on-demand data insight are high on the agenda in many industries, but the pharma industry has yet to make the most of information management strategies. Elvis Pacelat, vice president for compliance solutions at AMPLEXOR Life Sciences, explains how analytics can become a source of innovation and competitive advantage.Read the article.

mHealth: Shaking up the TemplateActivity trackers are growing ever more popular with consumers, but could they also find an application in clinical research? Abi Millar finds out how wearables could be integrated into the drug development process.Read the article.

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