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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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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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Expanding Medical Affairs could help restore trust, demonstrate value of biopharma organizations and products

by Tom Yang, Principal, Monitor Deloitte, Deloitte Consulting, LLP

Within biopharmaceutical companies, Medical Affairs has often been seen as a necessity, but not necessarily core. This unit is typically neither responsible for the development nor commercialization of new drugs.

We see untapped value in Medical Affairs for biopharma, but few companies have been able to capture it. Here are three areas where Medical Affairs could enhance value for biopharma companies:

  • Restoring trust: In an environment that has commonly grown skeptical of large biopharma companies,
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Come and knock on our (digital) door; we’ve been waiting for you

by Quinn Solomon, Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP and Sunil Venkataram, Senior Manager, Deloitte Consulting LLP

How health care providers can use technology to improve patient acquisition and retention

With apologies for appropriating the theme song from the late-1970’s television show, “Three’s Company,” hospitals and health systems want—and need—new patients to knock on their door. Only thing is, today’s door is digital, and savvy health care providers are proactively using high-tech “keys”

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