Pharmaceuticals in Health Solutions

As biosimilars enter the US market, will they be used, and can they reduce spending?

by Thomas Croisier and James Forsyth, Deloitte Consulting, LLP


This week’s blog is by Tomas Croisier and James Forsyth, a partner and director in our life sciences consulting practice, respectively. It was first featured in a blog post on the US Center of Health Solutions site, and explores the impact of biosimilars may have on the treatment of oncology, particularly in the US.1

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Posted on 01/03/2018 | 0 Comments

Innovating life sciences in the fourth industrial revolution: Embrace, build, grow.


The term ‘revolution’ is often used to define a popular uprising that can lead to dramatic political changes. A dictator is overthrown, a new government is formed, a constitution is changed or replaced, and immeasurable impact on the country or even the world can occur. However, other types of revolutions also happen. Some of the most commonly known are industrial revolutions, which refer to breakthroughs in technology that change how industries function. We are now seeing the beginnings of a fourth industrial revolution – a fusing of technologies blurring the boundaries between the physical, digital and biological worlds.1 This blog highlights the issues that Deloitte believe will cause the most disruption for life sciences in 2018 as we embark on this fourth industrial revolution.

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Posted on 16/02/2018 | 0 Comments

A new future for R&D? Applying emerging technologies to improve R&D productivity


In December, we published our eighth annual report on Measuring the return from pharmaceutical innovation. This series of reports tracks the annual return on investment (ROI) that 12 leading biopharma companies (by 2009 R&D spend) are projected to achieve from their late-stage pipelines. For the third consecutive year, we also tracked the performance of an extension cohort of four mid-to-large cap biopharma companies in order to compare their performance with our original cohort. This week’s blog briefly summarises the performance of our two cohorts and then explores some emerging technologies that we anticipate should increase the productivity and efficiency by which drugs are discovered, developed and brought to patients.

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Posted on 19/01/2018 | 0 Comments

A new future for R&D? My take on the state of pharmaceutical innovation in 2017


This week, we published our eighth annual report on Measuring the return from pharmaceutical innovation. Our report tracks the annual return on investment that the 12 leading biopharma companies (by 2009 R&D spend) might expect to achieve from their late-stage pipelines, as well as tracking the performance of an extension cohort of four mid-to-large cap biopharma companies for the third consecutive year. This week's blog by Matthew Thaxter, an analyst at the centre, gives his take on the findings from this year’s report.

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Posted on 14/12/2017 | 0 Comments

The future awakens: Life sciences and health care predictions 2022


In 2014 we launched our first predictions report - Healthcare and life sciences predictions 2020: A bold future? It provided an intentionally positive and provocative view of what the world might look like in 2020. Since then the pace and scale of innovation has meant that some of these predictions are already a reality, while some are still some way off; yet others may never happen. Moreover, in the intervening years, the life sciences and health care industries are waking up to the fact that new science, automation and robotics will have a significant impact on  the future of work. Last week we launched our newest predictions report - ‘The future awakens: Life Sciences and health care predictions 2022’. This week’s blog provides an overview of our six predictions and an example of the evidence today that enables us to say with some confidence what tomorrow might look like.

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Posted on 17/11/2017 | 0 Comments

So nobody wants your life sciences app?


Computer and smart phone applications are pervasive across the world and cover almost every conceivable facet of a peoples lifestyle choices. As of March 2017, the two largest app stores had a collective library of apps totalling 5 billion.i However, as demonstrated by our report, ‘Pharma and the connected patient: How digital technology is enabling patient centricity’, the uptake of applications produced by Life Science companies remains low. This week’s blog is by David Rosner, a principle in the firm’s US practice, and it was recently featured on the US Centre for Health Solutions site.ii David references our report and explores some of the reasons for the low uptake of applications by Life Sciences companies.

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Posted on 27/10/2017 | 0 Comments

State of the smart: Mobile consumer patterns and their implications for life sciences and health care


Earlier this month saw the launch of the seventh edition of Deloitte’s “Mobile Consumer Survey: The UK Cut”. The survey explores the state of the current mobile landscape and how it is likely to change over the next five years. It contains data from 4,150 respondents in the UK aged 16-75 and is a cut of the global survey that provides unique insight into the mobile usage behaviour of nearly 53,000 respondents across 33 countries. In this week’s blog, I look at some of the data from the UK Cut and explore what it means for consumers in the health care and life sciences industries.

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Posted on 20/10/2017 | 0 Comments

Pharma and the Connected Patient: A patient’s view


 Last month we published our report ‘Pharma and the connected patient: How digital technology is enabling patient centricity’, which looks at the ways pharma is utilising digital technologies to place the patient at the centre of new business and operating models. To support the report, we commissioned primary research from PatientView, a UK-based research company specialising in obtaining perspectives from patient groups across the world. PatientView surveyed patient groups, on our behalf, on their views regarding the use of health apps, including those produced or developed by pharma companies. A mix of 10 multiple-choice and open-ended questions were asked, to which 190 patient groups, representing 56 therapy areas from 38 countries, responded. This week’s blog, by Amen Sanghera, one of our two analysts here at the Centre, takes a deeper look into the findings from the survey.

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Posted on 04/08/2017 | 0 Comments

Keep calm and carry on: How can the healthcare and life sciences industries weather the Brexit storm?


We have now had the best part of a week to absorb the momentous news that the UK has voted to leave the European Union. Much has been written about this seismic event and, following our blog in February this year, on what Brexit might mean for the healthcare and life sciences industries,i we thought we should use this week’s blog to update our views on the potential risks and opportunities for our life sciences and healthcare sectors.

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Posted on 01/07/2016 | 0 Comments

How to accelerate access to clinical innovation in the NHS


Over the last 15 months some of our Monitor Deloitte colleagues have been working with the Office of Life Sciences to help the UK establish a programme of accelerated access to clinical innovation for NHS patients and a healthy environment for the Life sciences industry. This week’s blog introduces the latest results of our involvement – the publication of a ‘How to Guide’ from early idea development through to large scale adoption.

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Posted on 27/05/2016 | 1 Comments