YourEncore Insights - Life Sciences

Improving R&D Productivity with Activity Based Costing

Posted by Lawrence Maisel on 10/24/17 11:20 AM

Today’s prevailing wisdom is that R&D costs are on the rise while ROI on those investments are down. The Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development puts the total costs of new drug around $2.7B (in 2017 dollars) while another study1 highlights the fact that the ROI on R&D investment has fallen to 3.7% which is the lowest figure in the past six years. As such, the pharmaceutical industry’s focus on improving productivity is a critical issue.

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Topics: Pharmaceutical Industry, Productivity, R&D

How Blockchain is Revolutionizing the World and Changing Healthcare as We Know It (Ep. 20 of The Pharmcast)

Posted by Jim Combs on 6/14/17 4:48 PM



In this episode of The Pharmcast, we join YourEncore Expert, Darryl Glover, to discuss one of the hottest technologies on the market today: blockchain.

We've heard some people say that if the internet was invented today, it would be built using blockchain. So, what exactly is blockchain, and how exactly can it revolutionize the world and change the healthcare industry as we know it? 

Darryl Glover is just the person to ask. Darryl is a YourEncore Expert, and the Chief Clinical Officer and co-founder of iSolve, focused on applying blockchain-based solutions to pharma-industry problems.


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Topics: Pharmaceutical Industry, Pharmcast, Blockchain

Ten Tips for Enterprise Technology Adoption in Pharma

Posted by David M. Fishbach, P.E. on 6/1/17 8:00 AM

The RFP processes are robust, the ROI models are compelling, the software is best of breed, and the expectations are high. So, why do so many software deployment programs in Pharma fail to deliver their intended benefits?

This often is because after all of the effort, money, and time that is spent, the technology itself is poorly used. This may be due to any combination of misconfiguration, poor training, misaligned processes, human stubbornness, or other factors, but it doesn’t have to be that way. To this end, adoption must be a central component of planning for your next software deployment project.

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Topics: Pharmaceutical Industry, Information Technology

7 Best Practices in Biologics Launch Communications (Ep. 16 of The Pharmcast)

Posted by Jim Combs on 3/23/17 1:28 PM


On this episode of The Pharmcast, Heidi Youngkin shares seven best practices for successful biologic launch communication.

When it costs over $2.5B dollars to develop a drug, according to the most recent Tufts study, the pressure to have a successful launch is great.  Throw in that the industry is facing tighter scrutiny on pricing and value, that the science of biologics is getting more nuanced, and that there is more competition for the patients' or prescribers' time, and the world of launch communications is getting much more complex.

To help make sense of it all, join us this week as Heidi shares her seven-point formula for successful biologic launch communication.

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Topics: Pharmaceutical Industry, Pharmcast, launch communications, compliance, biologics

Bioethics in Biopharma: Lessons on Safety, Big Data and Bioethics from Dr. Don Therasse  (Ep. 7 on The Pharmcast)

Posted by Jim Combs on 1/5/17 12:26 PM

This week on The Pharmcast, we talk with Dr. Don Therasse, former VP of Global Patient Safety for Eli Lilly & Company, and current Strategic Advisor for YourEncore.

With over 26 years of experience working with Lilly, Therasse held a diverse set of roles ranging from clinical research physician, to medical director, to medical affairs leader, and finally to patient safety leader.  Beyond drug safety, Don Therasse is a thought leader in bioethics and is credited with building Lilly's internal bioethics group.

In our conversation with Dr. Therasse, we explore experiencing a major patient safety event, building a bioethics program, the promise (and limitations) of big data in patient safety, and success formulas for transitioning into new departments within a large biopharma company. 

If you have topics you would like YourEncore to explore on future episodes of The Pharmcast, please email with feedback or suggestions.

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Topics: Pharmaceutical Industry, Quality & Safety, Pharmcast

From Big Pharma to Biotech C-Suite: Industry and Career Insights from Dr. June Almenoff (Ep. 6 on The Pharmcast)

Posted by Jim Combs on 12/15/16 10:40 AM

This week on The Pharmcast, we talk with Dr. June Almenoff, former President, Chief Medical Officer and Board Member of a biotech, which was recently acquired in 2014 by Actavis for $1.2 billion.

With an M.D. and Ph.D., Dr. Almenoff began her career as a faculty member at Duke University before landing a position at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) in their medical R&D division and scientific licensing.  However, after 13 years at GSK,  a new opportunity presented itself in 2010 when Dr. Almenoff was invited to head up a small biopharma company as President & CMO, which she would soon lead into a $1.2 billion acquisition.

Almenoff helped the company successfully progress its Irritable Bowel Syndrome drug from Phase 2 through the FDA submission, which the FDA approved in 2015 on its first review cycle.

Everyone talks about learning from failure, but from our discussion with Dr. Almenoff, we learn from success.  I asked Dr. Almenoff about her keys to success, drug development trends, and the lessons she's learned across her 'big pharma' and biotech career.

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Topics: Pharmaceutical Industry, Pharmcast

Holiday Wish-Lists and Watch-Outs From Regulatory Leaders (Ep. 5 on The Pharmcast)

Posted by Jim Combs on 12/8/16 9:56 AM


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Topics: Pharmaceutical Industry, Regulatory, FDA, Pharmcast

Billion Dollar Bets: Lessons on Innovation from a BMS Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. Elliott Sigal (Ep. 4 on The Pharmcast)

Posted by Jim Combs on 12/1/16 8:00 AM


Each week in The Pharmcast, we talk with top industry experts from our network or beyond about hot industry topics, leadership, and the path to success. This week in The Pharmcast, we catch up with Dr. Elliott Sigal, the former Chief Scientific Officer of Bristol-Myers Squibb.

In 2012, Dr. Sigal was called by Scrip Pharma Intelligence "The Best R&D Chief in Pharma," largely for helping deliver BMS' "String of Pearls" strategy that helped position BMS as a major player in the immuno-oncology space.

As referenced in both Episode 1 and Episode 2 of The Pharmcast,  Dr. Sigal, through internal development and making sizable asset acquisitions, developed a pipeline of first-in-class medicines that helped transform the company, the industry, and most importantly, the lives of hundreds of thousands if not millions – of patients. 

When asked what his "secret sauce" to success was, he said it was not just one thing, but the culmination of many things.  Below are the three of the things Dr. Sigal attributed to his success.

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Topics: Pharmaceutical Industry, Pharmcast

Pharm-ers Almanac 2016: The Butterfly Effect

Posted by Tim Franson, MD on 9/27/16 8:30 AM

There is a saying, coined by the late Edward Lorenz, an early pioneer of the chaos theory, that “the flap of a butterfly’s wings in Brazil can set off a tornado in Texas.” This observation is known as the butterfly effect: the concept that small changes can have large downstream effects.

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Topics: Pharmaceutical Industry, Regulatory, Medical Device

Are You Ready for EU MDR?

Posted by Minnie Baylor-Henry on 9/15/16 12:47 PM

Back in 2010 when European regulators announced plans to overhaul legislation on how the European Union oversees medical devices, the industry knew that it would take time for changes to take effect. With the EU reaching agreement on the regulation, it appears that the final Medical Device Regulation (EU MDR) may take effect as early as January 2017. 

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Topics: Life Sciences, Pharmaceutical Industry, Regulatory, Medical Device