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By Li Xiaofeng, Manager, Monitor Deloitte, London and David Xie, Director, Monitor Deloitte, Shanghai
China has rapidly become one of the larges biopharmaceuticals (biopharma) and medical products markets in the world and is projected to reach $145-175 billion in sales by 2022 (representing a compound annual growth rate of more than 5.5 percent from 2017).1 Profound changes, particularly in relation to shortening the time taken to obtain regulatory approval and widening market access, are making China a more attractive market for biopharma companies to launch innovative medical products. Indeed, since 2017, China has approved record numbers of innovative foreign drugs.2,3 These approvals follow a series of policy moves to provide public funding to enable China’s 1.4 billion population to access new, lifesaving drugs, especially cancer therapies. However many drug makers have had to slash prices so that government will cover the costs of some of the advanced treatments.4
My Take: Highlights from the 2018 FT Conference panel discussion on the potential for a successful life sciences economy in the UK
By John Haughey, Deloitte Industry Leader, Life Sciences & Health Care
Earlier this month I had the pleasure of chairing a panel of life science experts at the Global Financial Times Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology conference.1 The conference brought together some of our industry’s leading minds to discuss the commercial conundrums of disease prevention, the transformational impact of advanced gene and cell therapies and the hope and hype of patient-centricity. The discussion topic for my panel was - ‘Big Bang? Industrial Strategy - Creating a Successful Life Sciences Economy’, and was focused on the UK’s Industrial Strategy and in particular the UK’s sector deal for life sciences.2 In this week’s blog I wanted to share some of my key takeaways from our animated and insightful discussion.
By Karen Taylor, Director, Centre for Health Solutions
Following our 2014 and 2017 Life Science and Health Care Predictions reports, ‘A bold future?’ and ‘The future awakens’, this week we launched our third predictions report, A bold future for Life Sciences Regulation: Predictions 2025. This year’s report presents an unashamedly optimistic view on what Life Sciences regulation might look like in 2025 if both life science companies and regulators were to work more collaboratively, embrace disruptive technologies, and acquire new skills and talent. We argue that this would improve not only the productivity of the regulators and industry but also provide patients with access to the latest medical innovation much sooner. We also imagine through a series of ‘portraits’ how a regulator, company and patient might behave in 2025. This week’s blog provides an overview of the four predictions presented in our future of regulation report and examples of the evidence today that enable us to predict a bold future for life sciences regulation in 2025.
By Mark Steedman, PhD. Research Manager, Centre for Health Solutions
Deloitte recently conducted a survey with the MIT Sloan Management Review to assess the digital maturity of companies across a wide variety of industries.1 Our colleagues in the US Center for Health Solutions analysed the responses from biopharma companies and published them in a separate report - Survey finds biopharma companies lag in digital transformation: It is time for a sea change in strategy.2 Headlining the report is the finding that only 20 per cent of biopharma respondents think their companies are digitally mature, compared to 30 per cent across all industries.3
By Matthew Thaxter
By now, it is likely that most people have heard about the ongoing opioid crisis in the US, as barely a day goes by without some form of media coverage. Recent stories have also emerged of a significant upward trend in opioid prescriptions in the UK. This blog explores some of the drivers behind the US crisis, and how likely we are to see a similar epidemic here in the UK.
By Mark Steedman, PhD. Manager Centre for Health Solutions
In the late 1970s, Earth, Wind & Fire released one of their biggest hits – September – with an opening line that has become an internet meme and is widely recognised around the world.
“Do you remember the 21st night of September?”
by Dr Francesca Properzi PhD
We are delighted to use this week’s blog to introduce the Centre’s new Research Manager, Francesca Properzi, who joined the team last week. Here is Francesca’s take on the way emerging technologies can improve pharma R&D.
R&D management in the pharmaceutical industry is facing unprecedented challenges. While the availability of new high-impact technologies has the potential to help reshape research and clinical development, our latest report from our Measuring the return from pharmaceutical innovation series, A new future for R&D?, shows the costs of drug development for 12 large cap pharma companies has increased sharply over the past eight years by nearly 50 per cent, totalling just under $2 billion per drug. Although a number of therapies are still expected to achieve blockbuster status, lower projected R&D returns are decreasing sharply from a once double digit high to an average of slightly over three per cent. This exceedingly low internal rate of return (IRR), is mostly due to companies paying the price of lower post-approval sales and increased R&D costs.
by Dawn Anderson, Managing Director, Deloitte Consulting LLP
The Deloitte Center for Health Solutions recently interviewed 43 biopharmaceutical industry stakeholders to explore where the industry sees value and opportunities for using digital technologies in the clinical development process; understand reasons behind the relatively slow pace of digital adoption; and uncover strategies to overcome barriers and accelerate the use of digital in clinical trials.
by Amen Sanghera, Analyst, UK Deloitte Centre for Health Solutions and Rui Zhou, Consultant, Deloitte Canada
Blockchain is increasingly touted as the technology that could transform many of the challenges facing healthcare and life sciences; whether it is providing secure and interoperable electronic health records (EHR), increasing the integrity of clinical trials data or improving the transparency of life science’s supply chain operations. While, the technology itself is not revolutionary, using it in the right situation, especially where trust, consensus or immutability are essential to the operations of the Life Science and Health care industries, could be transformational.
by Colin Terry, Partner, Deloitte Consulting
Following the launch of our eighth annual report ‘A new future for R&D? Measuring the return from pharmaceutical innovation 2017’, we hosted a peer-to-peer discussion on how R&D leaders can address R&D performance trends. The roundtable stimulated many insightful discussions among the senior R&D executives in attendance, and below are some of the key takeaways that resonated most with me.