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Will gene therapies finally be commercially viable to pharma?

Will gene therapies finally be commercially viable to pharma?

Our latest Free Thinking white paper explores the science behind the idea of gene therapy and takes a look at some of the core challenges medical researchers have faced when attempting to develop this technology. We review gene therapy’s chequered past, look at recent developments in this field and consider the future for gene therapies on their way to market.

Genes are segments of DNA which code instructions for your cells to make proteins. Many inherited disorders are a result of faulty genes which encode incorrect instructions for making specific proteins, either the proteins themselves are defective or the gene may have faulty expression which can result in over-expression so over-production of a certain kind of protein. In the case of cancer, there can be multiple external and internal factors which lead to production of genetically mutated cancerous cells.

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US Presidential Election: The legacy of the Affordable Care Act and the future for healthcare

US Presidential Election: The legacy of the Affordable Care Act and the future for healthcare

Our latest Free Thinking white paper explores the legacy of the Affordable Care Act and the future for healthcare

As US citizens prepare to vote for a new President on Tuesday 8th November, we ask, what is the likely impact of a Republican or Democrat win on the future of the ACA, the health system and the pharma industry?
We spoke to John Leifer, author and strategic consultant to the healthcare industry, to see which way he thinks the wind is blowing. 
 

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Excellence in oncology

Developing an effective biomarker strategy

Oncology is arguably the most exciting area of medicine in which to be working today. Biomarkers and companion diagnostics offer incredibly valuable predictive power, which is of benefit to payers, physicians and patients. Payers are able to demonstrate that the treatment they are paying for will be of maximum value. Physicians feel confident that they are offering an effective drug, which is at the cutting-edge of medicine. And patients clearly benefit from a treatment programme that reduces the risk of unnecessary toxicities and offers them better outcomes.

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