Gimme some truth

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The upside down winter by Viktor Varga @ Flickr

In a year whose disappointments have ranged from the political to the musical it turns out 2016 has at least one more reason to be less cheerful, and it comes from the unlikely quarter of the Oxford Dictionary.

The lexicographers earlier this month pronounced ‘post-truth’ to be their word of the year, thanks to its spike in use during the UK’s referendum on leaving the EU and the US presidential election. Read the rest of this entry »

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The changing world

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For this month’s issue of PME I spoke with Ipsen’s new chief executive David Meek about his company’s strategy for growth and – appropriately enough, as we sat down at the ESMO meeting in Copenhagen – his hopes for Ipsen’s new cancer drug Cabometyx.

We covered the strategic pillars Ipsen is counting on for success and looked at the strong progress the French firm is making in the US – where for the first year its operations there are its number one affiliate by revenue – and the changes to its primary care business model in China. Read the rest of this entry »

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What has science ever done for us…

Global Health Check Wellcome Trust Bill Melinda Gates Foundation medical breakthroughs

How has the world changed in your lifetime? That’s the question a new website from the Wellcome Trust and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation answers in a particularly engaging way.

The Global Health Check is a personalised, interactive data visualisation that covers areas such as increases in life expectancy, decreases in childhood mortality and the emergence of new lifesaving medical discoveries. Read the rest of this entry »

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Global trends in mobile: Asia rising and the ‘mobile-first’ internet

Mobile phone users in India

Double Line – Chatting at Dadar by Meena Kadri @ Flickr

Think mobile’s big today? Well, it’s poised for substantially more growth over the next four years, with over one billion additional people forecast to be connected to mobile networks by 2020.

That’s according to mobile operators’ trade association the GSMA, which expects India and China to lead the charge as Asia becomes the ‘growth engine’ for the mobile ecosystem. Read the rest of this entry »

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Medical marvels from British Pathé


It’s science month over on the British Pathé YouTube channel, where all year they’ve been taking suggestions for themes to follow.

The venerable British cinema news service ran for 60 years until 1970, providing a unique – if idiosyncratic – look at the events of the day, and its archive was digitised in 2002 ahead of its debut on YouTube in 2011. Read the rest of this entry »

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Be bold

PME Pharmaceutical Market Europe October 2016There’s no shortage of ambition at GlaxoSmithKline, whose chief immunology officer and senior vice president of their R&D pipeline Paul-Peter Tak we spoke to for this month’s executive interview.

Having joined the company five years ago from an academic medical centre in Amsterdam, he says he was driven to move to the industry because he wanted to have a bigger impact on patients’ lives. Read the rest of this entry »

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Google takes a virtual reality walk through dementia

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Launch of Google and ARUK’s VR project at London’s St. Pancras International

Earlier this year Google teamed up with Alzheimer’s Research UK (ARUK) to raise awareness of some of the lesser-known symptoms of dementia, like visual disturbances and disorientation.

To do this the tech giant produced three virtual reality stories – available at A Walk through Dementia – that aim to show the subjective experience of a person with dementia. Read the rest of this entry »

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