Pharma Technology Focus

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The breast cancer treatment pipeline shows exceptional levels of activity and innovation, with 1,050 drugs in active development across all stages. We find out what makes this such a lucrative and promising field and ask whether research in this area of oncology could provide a model for others.

We also hear from KeyPharma about the best strategies for getting biosimilars to market, find out about the difficulties of using animals in selecting drug candidates for human trials, get an insight into best practice for outsourcing clinical trials to emerging countries, and hear from GlobalData about why immunising children against influenza is gaining steam.

Plus, we find out about the therapeutic potential of olive leaf extract, find out how text mining can help to speed up R&D in the biotech sector, and get an insight into the challenges of setting up pharmaceutical distribution services.

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In this issue

Pharma’s Biggest Success Story?
The breast cancer treatment pipeline is the largest in the pharma industry. Dominic Trewartha, managing analyst for GBI Research, explains why breast cancer is such a lucrative and promising field and how other indications can follow suit.
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Paving the Way
The opportunity to rein in healthcare spending on biotech products is evoking greater interest in biosimilars. ProductLife Group’s biotech expert Barbara Testa discusses the challenges in bringing biosimilars to market.
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Immunising Against Influenza
GlobalData’s analyst for infectious diseases Achilleas Livieratos, PhD, explains why immunising children against seasonal influenza is gaining steam.
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Of Mice and Men
Animal research is a central pillar of drug development, but in medical terms, do the ends justify the means? Chris Lo hears both sides of the debate from Dr Jarrod Bailey of Cruelty Free International and Chris Magee of Understanding Animal Research.
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Olive Leaf Extract on Trial
Olive leaf extract has been making a comeback as a natural remedy, with evidence to suggest an array of health benefits. Abi Millar finds out how far olive leaf extract testing has gone and whether there is any chance of seeing it reclassified as a bona-fide pharmaceutical.
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Information Overload
Text mining – the use of advanced computational methods to sift through reams of textual data- could speed up the clinical research process. Elly Earls meets Professor Sophia Ananiadou, director of the National Centre for Text Mining at the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology, to find out how.
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New Frontiers
The pharma industry is increasingly looking to expand into emerging markets, and the outsourcing model is a common way of approaching local clinical research. Cameron Tew, executive director of research services at Best Practices, tells Chris Lo how to conduct effective trials in new markets.
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Saving Lives
Leslie Morgan, CEO of medical supply company Durbin, has more experience of the pharmaceutical supply chain than most. Elly Earls finds out about his journey in the industry, the evolution of pharmaceutical distribution, and why every patient counts.
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Next issue preview

The UK’s research and development tax credit scheme has the potential to offset some of the cost of innovation for pharma companies operating in Britain, but understanding the ins and outs of this complex tax relief programme is no easy task. We find out more about the scheme and new legislation could complicate matters.

We also consider ways to unlock the potential for the pharma industry to help drive socio-economic transformations in Africa, look at a new treatment for prostate cancer and find out more about the benefits of treating chronic heroin addiction with hydromorphone.

Plus, we take a look at how scientists are finding ways to make pharmaceutical drugs more sustainable, and discover how eating blueberries could help to reduce the genetic and biochemical drivers behind depression.

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