In a year, bio Spectrum covers wide array of topics from the life-sciences sector which comprises among others biotechnology and allied areas, bio-pharma and pharma, healthcare and med technology etc.
While looking back it was found out that in some of the articles, published time to time throughout the year, some basic thoughts were touched upon and lot of new information was provided to the readers. As we enter 2017, this is an effort to fetch the readers’ attention to top 10 topics handled in depth and from varied angles by bio Spectrum in 2016.
The Top 10 articles of 2016 deal with big data in healthcare, latest status on lung cancer burgden of Asia, china’s vision on Pharma sector, cro Analysis of Asian companies, and technology advancements.
wipe health woos with wearables
From tracking your sleep, calorie intake to the number of steps taken wearables are becoming a crucial tool in lifestyle/activity tracking and preventive healthcare. Bio Spectrum takes a look at the opportunities that wearables offer for the healthcare sector and how this technology can become an indispensable part of the healthcare system.
helping healthcare develop a cure for Big Data
If there is anything that doctors understand, it’s how to analyse data!
In fact, the entire profession is built on developing an
empirical understanding of the causes of diseases and the efficacy of treatments. And while brilliant inspiration plays a key role – take the discovery of penicillin for example – the majority of medical benefits come from analyzing and understanding data sets, from which life-changing conclusions can be drawn. But things are changing.
In the past, the data might come from a single source, such as a research program. And even the Human Genome Project, which unlocked the secrets of our DNA, drew data from a very narrow set of sources. Today, the big challenge that healthcare professionals face isn’t analyzing data. It’s dealing with so called ‘Big Data’– the sheer volume of different kinds of information being generated every second of the day. With the right tools, big data can be used in an unimaginable number of ways to advance science, benefit patients and, last but not least, enable healthcare institutions – from single surgeries to huge hospitals – to operate as efficiently as possible.
lung cancer burden of Asia
Lung cancer occurs in two types, small cell lung cancer and the more prevalent non-small scale lung cancer. According to oncology specialists’ analysis, 85 percent of the lung cancer patients are diagnosed with non-small scale lung cancer. More than 50 percent of the world’s lung cancer incidences occur in Asia of which south east Asia is the most burdened region. Taiwan, South Korea, China, Singapore and Japan has the highest number of non-small scale cell lung cancer (NSCLC) cases in the whole region as almost 20 percent of the cancer deaths are registered from these countries.
China’s vision of pharma & healthcare sector
China has entered into its 13th Five-Year plan for 2016 to 2020 and relays a strong message to reinforce its potentials within the healthcare sector. China has emphasized on changing the model from research and development to innovation with focus on making breakthroughs in biologics medicine and to facilitate better protection of intellectual property rights. In 13th five-year plan, China intends to develop and adopt cyber-medicine and optimized distribution of resources to improve the quality of basic health services.
The Fat fighters
Meet the Robotic Surgeons who conducted nearly 4,000 procedures in 30 hospitals spread across the country during 2015 to help cut flab. Earlier doctors were using laparoscopic techniques to perform gastric bypass surgery. Today, robotic surgery is the more preferred method. Similarly, in Technology Advancements: Digital Pathology Bio Spectrum takes a look at how computing technology is revolutionizing pathology and some of the products available in the market.
global business services a new way forward for life sciences companies
Now, companies – particularly those with operations in many different jurisdictions – are adopting a more holistic approach in how they deliver services like IT, finance, accounting, human resources, procurement and other business services across an organisation. As international life sciences companies seek ways to transform their operations in the midst of wrenching change, they are establishing global business services (GBS), which is a cross-functional, globe-spanning model that integrates resources, capabilities and systems throughout the entire enterprise.
Calorimetry: highly effective Tool for Combating Antibiotic resistance
The problem of multi-resistant bacteria is increasing and the healthcare costs and implications are now a serious global concern that needs addressing. Consequently, the search is on for novel and effective solutions.
CRO Industry Analysis
Clinical research organizations (CROs) in Asia Pacific have witnessed growth in alliances, acquisitions, and joint ventures due to expansion strategies of global companies and increased outsourcing of research activities by the pharmaceutical companies. Drug companies are realizing that diseases in Asia have their own haracteristics and one size fits all’ cannot applied, which means, companies are doing clinical trial on Asian population to develop a drug specific for the region. Bio Spectrum Asia takes a look at recent trends, innovations and technologies gaining momentum in clinical research space.
Innovations that redefine healthcare
Technology has brought a revolution that has redefined the entire healthcare industry be it connecting to the patients, real time monitoring, gene editing, drug discovery breakthroughs, DNA mapping and so on. Breakthrough technologies budding in the labs are game changers of future.