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Digitizing life sciences R&D, one step at a time

by Dawn Anderson, Managing director, Deloitte Consulting LLP

For a life sciences industry whose Research & Development (R&D) processes are often held over from the 1990s—and whose returns on those investments are falling sharply—new digital technologies might feel as if they can’t arrive fast enough.

Almost everywhere you turn, there seems to be an opportunity as outlined in Deloitte’s recent report,

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Digital R&D: Four ways to maximize patient engagement in clinical trials

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.

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The next generation of scientists are digital natives ready to problem solve and innovate

by Juergen A. Klenk, Ph.D, Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP

This week Deloitte and the National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine (NLM) will recognize two student-led research teams from San Diego State University (SDSU) and Kingsborough Community College of The City University of New York (KCC CUNY) for their groundbreaking research in the Microbial Metagenomics Discovery Challenge.

The undergraduate students’ work was impressive by any standard.

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From center ice to the operating room: AR/VR technologies could transform consumer, clinician, and patient experiences

by Shantaram (Shaun) Rangappa, MD, MSHA, Managing Director, Deloitte Consulting LLP

I live outside of Washington, D.C., and I was thrilled to see the Washington Capitals advance to the Stanley Cup finals for the first time in 20 years. I always enjoy watching sports on TV, but the experience has changed little since sports became televised. Now imagine donning an immersive experience headset and watching a championship game from center ice…with players gliding all around you.

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A New Frontier for research: Liftoff for the All of Us study

by Margaret Anderson, Managing Director, Deloitte Consulting LLP

This week, we will witness liftoff for a new National Institutes of Health (NIH) initiative that strives to move our current state of research to a future state of precision medicine where data is broken out of siloes. Researchers will have novel opportunities to study the data, which could speed medical breakthroughs.

I’ve had the privilege of seeing the All of Us Research Program grow from a kernel of an idea into a path-breaking program that ambitiously aims to gather data from 1 million or more diverse people—healthy and sick—living in the US.

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Costs, shortages prompt some hospitals to consider generic-drug manufacturing

by Faith Glazier, Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Four of the nation’s largest hospital systems—Ascension, Intermountain Healthcare, SSM Health, and Trinity Health—are looking into manufacturing some of their own generic drugs, according to recent news reports. At this point, it’s not entirely clear what is driving this decision, but I suspect rising drug costs and/or shortages are likely two big factors.

Based on recent conversations with industry executives,

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