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Data-Driven Technologies are Shaking Up the Drug Development Process

Posted on March 1st, 2019 by

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For many, many years, the findings of scientific research were published in an always-growing collection of scientific journals that spun off into more and more specialized disciplines. Today’s scientists have to think far beyond scholarly journals subscriptions and wrestle instead with search strategies and informatics.

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Pharma Industry Players Work Together to Raise Awareness and Find Cures for Rare Diseases

Posted on March 1st, 2019 by

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On February 28, events around the world are held in honor of Rare Disease Day, an annual occasion designed to raise awareness among the general public as well as among policy makers, government bodies, healthcare professionals and researchers. Rare diseases have become a major focus for cross-industry collaborations in recent years, and for good reason: (more…)

Three ways to reduce the cost of precision medicine

Posted on February 27th, 2019 by

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In December 2018, the FDA announced it has formally recognized a public database containing genomic information, a huge milestone in the evolving field of precision medicine. Now researchers can use this information to validate their tests instead of having to generate their own data.

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How Big Data Transforms Reactive Drug Safety to Proactive Pharmacovigilance

Posted on February 26th, 2019 by

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Adverse drug reactions can be costly and cost is just the tip of the iceberg.  This is highlighted by an FDA website which cites troubling statistics such as the 100k deaths and over 2 million serious adverse drug reactions experienced each year…

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When research gives you lemons – turning R&D failures into opportunities and success

Posted on February 25th, 2019 by

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As highlighted in my colleague, Nicki Catchpole’s last post on accidental drug discovery, 90 Years of Penicillin, the landscape of R&D is littered with ‘failures’ that turned out to be vital innovations. Pharmaceutical R&D is no exception.

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Predictive Analytics Help Identify Drug Candidate Molecules

Posted on January 26th, 2019 by

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The process of discovering a viable drug candidate molecule is often time-consuming and research-intensive. A lab must test thousands of compounds every day — and a hit rate of just 1 percent is considered above average.

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