Pharma Technology Focus – Issue 43

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Treatment for many serious diseases is still inadequate, an issue that is highlighted in the World Health Organization’s Priority Medicines for Europe and the World Report. Taking a closer look at some of the diseases at the top of the WHO’s agenda – from dementia to antibiotic resistance and osteoarthritis – we ask what progress has been made in improving therapeutic standards.

China’s healthcare system is undergoing reform, creating new opportunities for foreign players, but challenges remain in the form of regulatory hurdles, pricing reforms and growing local competition. We take a look inside one of the world’s most rapidly growing pharma markets.

We also find out how GSK is planning to revitalise its product pipeline with a new wave of innovative treatments in areas including HIV, oncology, respiratory medicine and rare diseases, and hear from GlobalData about new findings in the treatment of multiple myeloma. Plus, we take a look at new digital tools for setting up and managing clinical trials, and we speak to University of California researchers about the potential applications for a model they have developed to predict a drug’s side effects on different patients.

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In this issue

A Giant Emerges
China’s pharmaceutical market will be the world’s second largest by 2016, creating opportunities for international players, but challenges remain in the form of regulatory hurdles, pricing reforms and growing local competition, as Elly Earls reports.
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GSK: The Next Generation
GlaxoSmithKline is pursuing an ambitious long-term strategy with some 40 new drugs in development. Elly Earls takes a look at the potential of the company’s new portfolio.
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Priority Pathways
Treatment for many serious diseases is still inadequate around the world. Looking at case studies from dementia to antibiotic resistance and osteoarthritis, Chris Lo asks what is being done to improve therapeutic standards.
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Hope for Multiple Myeloma Patients
Dan Roberts, PhD, GlobalData’s senior analyst for oncology and hematology, reports on new findings in the treatment of multiple myeloma.
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Streamlining Trials: New Tools on the Market
New solutions for the start-up and management of clinical trials promise to streamline the process and save money. Abi Millar takes a look at some of the latest products on the market.
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Tackling Big Pharma’s Inconvenient Truth
Researchers have developed a model that could predict a drug’s side effects on different patients. Elly Earls find out how this could impact on how treatments are prescribed and developed.
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Next issue preview

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 popularity as a trial location, including factors such as short enrolment periods, high recruitment rates and an improving regulatory framework.

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 by modulating the activity of the microbiome. Also in this issue, Amplexor Life Sciences tells us 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 into the drug development process
to improve the collection of patient data.

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