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Thriving, Not Just Surviving, in a World of Constant Change

Agnes Shanley, Editor-in-Chief
Monday, February 25, 2013 00:06 EST

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ALM at Global B2B
ALM at Global B2B  
9/20/2013 1:41:03 PM
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global trends
As pharmaevolution grows to create a truly global community it will need to morph as the overall industry is..

Today's news suggests Bulgaria may be playing a role that had slipped below the radar of many who think India/China and other classical BRIC thoughts.

Here's a headline--

http://www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=153734

mdmconsult
mdmconsult  
5/14/2013 12:51:52 PM
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Re: celtic tiger and unemployment
It surely impacts the pharma sector. Any sharp decline can impede failed services and the job outlook. Pharma Times cited "Levels of employment by the pharmaceutical industry in Ireland and its tax contribution are low. The sector employed 22,500 people in 2010, representing just 1.2% of total Irish employment, well below the industry's 8.7% share of GDP."

ALM at Global B2B
ALM at Global B2B  
5/12/2013 10:22:58 AM
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celtic tiger and unemployment
One expected consequence of the patent cliff coming /here is more unemployment in places like Ireland, whose boom was largely based on certain blockbuster drugs' production and development.

Here's a story about this today--

http://www.independent.ie/business/irish/dan-white-prognosis-for-pharmas-uncertain-as-drug-patents-expire-29259800.html

mdmconsult
mdmconsult  
4/19/2013 8:13:31 PM
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Re: Constant Change
eMarketer estimates that digital pharma US ad spending will reach $1.19 billion in 2013 and climb to $1.33 billion by 2016. 2012 marked a year of many opportunities in digital health enjoying high growth rates over the past twelve months. Digital health investments for software rose 19 percent and digital health grew 45 percent. Personal health tools and health tracking totaled $143 million. Consumer engagement was at $237 million. The market has also remained cautious in its investment strategies following regulations and standards.

Sumit Jain
Sumit Jain  
2/26/2013 10:28:04 PM
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Constant Change
 

Soooooo true: Change is taking place, but slowly and gradually. It is an evolution rather than a revolution, as best-practices from one sector, one country, or one company ripple out.

Agnes Shanley
Agnes Shanley  
2/26/2013 1:27:15 PM
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Segregation and Silos in Pharma
From what we hear, pharma is highly siloed, and different functions don't always communicate all that well.  We often see the results in tech transfer projects that don't work out too well!  Some R&D groups persist in throwing work over the wall into scaleup and manufacturing.  QbD requires cross-functional thinking.  So do Op Ex programs, and, at some companies, more efforts are being made to get people in different disciplines to work together.

The detached senior manager may also be a problem at some companies.  There are firms whose CEO's started in R&D or even manufacturing, but they are a minority.  The Japanese always advocated servant leadership and suggested that even the CEO "go and see" what the real problems are in the places where they're taking place, the lab and the plant.  They suggested that top managers talk to people on the front lines, every day. 

It's safe to say that not too many pharma CEOs actually do that.  But managers at Wyeth, before it was acquired by Pfizer, had made great efforts to instill that management style into their daily work.  Here's a lengthy blog post of yesteryear, from PharmaManufacturing's OnPharma blog, including very raw video clips of interviews with two of those managers.

Here's to breaking down the walls and scrapping the silos!

Morrison_Pharma
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2/26/2013 1:00:11 PM
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Re: Is super-quick cost-cutting a big problem?
Interesting,thanks for the articles Agnes. Interesting reads there. I just wonder if a lot of this could is caused by segregation in companies (ie between management and everyone else).

It's easy to forget what it was like to work at grass routes when you've been in the management seat for years. Do you think internal departments listen to each other enough?

Agnes Shanley
Agnes Shanley  
2/26/2013 12:15:26 PM
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Re: Trade Secrets
Thanks for writing in.  That's so true.  It's a lot easier to see everything in one big blur instead of distinguishing between the three types of info:

genuine Intellectual Property

techniques developed inhouse that give competitive advantage

basic workaday definitions and best practices.

When your company requires three levels of clearance for you to publish a technical paper in the third category, there's little incentive to share anything. But that's where this community can come in 

 We see some of that sharing occurring in LinkedIn groups, and more detailed sharing at conferences, as well as case studies on applying pharmaceutical quality by design and process analytical technology. To its credit, FDA helped catalyze some of this, with PAT and QbD.  But more is needed, and even, simply, more open discussion and debate.  This community will be dedicated to helping advance these goals.  Thanks again for joining and commenting. 

Alison Diana
Alison Diana  
2/26/2013 11:38:22 AM
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Re: Congratulations!
It must be challenging for pharmaceutical companies to share because they are so driven by profits. I recall interviewing a solution provider that sold computer systems, networks, etc., to big pharma companies in New Jersey. He'd carved out a great niche for his business because, unlike many other customers, big pharma was always willing to buy the next upgrade, the next high-speed whatever, since each increase in speed meant it could shave five seconds off filing for a patent--and could, conceivably mean it beat a competitor to the next multi-billion-dollar Viagra or whatever. Hard to say "share" to execs and companies who have that mindset for so long!

Agnes Shanley
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2/26/2013 11:07:11 AM
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Re: A great resource!
Thanks for joining the community and discussion, Saul!  We'll engage all the regulatory agencies we can, especially EMA and MHRA but any and all are welcome and important, as the world inches toward harmonization and greater transparency. Even China's SFDA is working to accomplish a century's worth of change in less than a decade.  Promises to be interesting.

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