Stability and change

PME Pharmaceutical Market Europe pharma magazine March 2017In this month’s issue of PME magazine we balance the changes that are already the theme of 2017 with some much needed stability in the form of a look at family-owned or foundation-run pharmaceutical companies.

Such European businesses include Germany’s Boehringer Ingelheim, Italy’s Chiesi and Denmark’s LEO Pharma, whose president and CEO Gitte Aabo talked to us about playing the long game and how this sees it through times of boom and bust. Read the rest of this entry »

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Science to meet art at Science Gallery London

Science Gallery London

At almost 310 metres high The Shard is the tallest building in the capital, towering over its London neighbours in Southwark.

One of those in its shadow is the site for what will become Science Gallery London, an exhibition and performance space that, from 2018, hopes to connect scientific researchers, students, local communities and artists. Read the rest of this entry »

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Google is still aiming high with Google+

Flickr Google logo Keso sIt’s hard to imagine now, but at its launch Google+ was seriously considered as a rival for Facebook, though, given the ubiquity of Facebook and Twitter, it’s perhaps just as hard for some to remember Google+ exists.

In a recent study of US teenagers’ social media habits (where Instagram is vying with Facebook as the most popular platform) Google+ didn’t even register, and that’s far from being the only study in which it did not feature. Read the rest of this entry »

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Ready to start?

PME Pharmaceutical Market Europe January 2017

As PME‘s first issue of the year comes out the European pharmaceutical industry goes into 2017 steeling itself for the start of Brexit, with plenty of words already devoted to what we don’t know about the implications of the UK’s vote to leave the European Union.

This year should see the phony war end and hostilities begin in earnest when the UK formally triggers Article 50 and commences the official process of withdrawing from the EU. Read the rest of this entry »

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The robots are coming

Robot Graffiti Peter Merholz

The European Commission is not necessarily best known for its lightning reactions, but you do know that when it gets its teeth into something it’s not likely to let go.

So it may again prove to be with a technology that already seemed to be everywhere in 2016 and this year shows every sign of continuing that trend. Read the rest of this entry »

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The transition of digital power

President Barack Obama takes part in a Twitter Q&A session, 2012

President Barack Obama takes part in a Twitter Q&A session, 2012

Once upon a time the transition of digital power meant nothing more complicated than removing the ‘W’ keys from White House keyboards to frustrate the incoming 43rd president’s staff.

Nowadays things have progressed much further and President Obama can quite rightfully claim to be the first US president of the social media age. Read the rest of this entry »

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2016? We’ve been set up

In screenwriting the three-act structure progresses from setup to confrontation to resolution, with the first act used for establishing the main characters.

It’s a device for fiction of course, but much of this year feels like just that. In fact, looking back on the last 12 months, 2016 also feels like a setup for events yet to come. Read the rest of this entry »

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