Dominic Tyer

Editorial Director, PMGroup

Homepage: https://dominictyer.wordpress.com

A marathon, not a sprint

PME Pharmaceutical Market Europe April 2017

The delivery of Theresa May’s letter to European Council president Donald Tusk triggering Article 50, and the official start of the UK’s two-year process of negotiating its divorce from the EU, made the choice of this month’s PME cover an easy one.

Inside the issue there’s a great look at the implications of Brexit for pharma, with Nicola Maguire from law firm Cooley LLP rounding up the industry’s areas of concern, Alexa Forbes from Four health Communications asks ‘can UK pharma rise to the post-Brexit challenge’ and greyhealth group’s Paul Hughes looks at the facts (and the alternative facts) of the situation.

Meanwhile, in a series of exclusive interviews with PME, Japanese pharmaceutical companies pull no punches when it comes to what the reassurance they want from the UK on its future in science and innovation. Read the rest of this entry »

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Slower speeds for faster growth as online firms continue adapting to India’s mobile market

World Bank cellphone mobile India

Community meeting in Aurangabad, India (Pic: World Bank)

To describe the growth of the internet in India as explosive probably downplays the rate of change taking place.

Every second three more Indians come online for the first time, adding another 10,000 people every hour to the country’s online user base.

So it’s no surprise that internet firms – particularly those of a social nature – are working hard to overcome barriers to access that range from low-powered phones to 2G connections to very little data. Read the rest of this entry »

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A cheery tale on the darker side of business travel

London view sky above aeroplane

Travelling for work can certainly be fun as you jet off to cities you might not otherwise visit, but it’s not always quite as glamorous as friends and family believe.

It can also be a bit of a slog, particularly when you find yourself on a day trip to from London to Frankfurt, Geneva, Basel or Paris (delete as appropriate). And that’s before flights are delayed, luggage gets lost and so on.

None of this will be news to those that travel frequently for business. Neither perhaps will be the personal and social consequences, as illustrated by the University of Surrey’s 2015 study A Darker Side of Hypermobility. Read the rest of this entry »

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Employee engagement and nurturing talent in pharma

PME Pharmaceutical Market Europe March 2017

You won’t generally find PME issues following a particular theme each month – there’s simply too much interesting ground to cover in the magazine for that.

Nevertheless, as each issue coalesces there are often common strands across different features and such seemed the case with March’s PME, which contains a nice chunk of ‘careers’ content.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Looking like a true survivor?

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Predictions of the death of print have been around for while, but there’s nothing like walking into a really well-stocked newsagents to make you consider the medium anew.

As newspapers like the New York Times take a leaf out of the magazine playbook and indie-published titles flourish, it’s no wonder there are suggestions 2017 could mark another turning point in print’s fortunes. Read the rest of this entry »

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Happy talking (and texting)

Mobile phone by Dominik Syka

It’s easy to over-estimate the ubiquity of the smartphone and its capabilities, not least in the UK where 81% of adults were last year estimated to have one.

But the global picture is one of much more variety and, according to a recent report, almost half of mobile phone users are happy to use their devices as, well, mobile telephones. Read the rest of this entry »

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Google continues to up its translation game

Google Word Lens online language translation app

I’ve been learning Bengali off and on for over ten years now and am, unsurprisingly, always on the look-out for digital tools to help me with the language.

Despite it being the seventh most spoken language in the world, it’s not the easiest task, with on- and offline Bengali resources being few and far between.

So, although it’s probably years away from being available in my chosen language, I was nonetheless taken by the recent expansion of Google Translate’s Word Lens to Japanese. Read the rest of this entry »

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