Biopharma Insight Article: The AI Productivity Game in Pharma

The pharmaceutical business is one of the riskiest industries to venture into. Drug discovery is an artisanal process where a carefully designed drug takes about 10 years and approximately 2.5 billion dollars to be approved and launched into the market. The complexity of biological systems places the odds at a ridiculous failure rate of 90%. In recent years, the declining efficiency of the R&D efforts has put the pharma industry on its toes.  In the past decade, Artificial Intelligence (AI)…

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BioSpectrum Article – Time for Asian pharma to up their AI game!

The excitement around Artificial Intelligence’s (AI) potential to transform the drug discovery process has been building up in the biopharma industry. AI-drug discovery starts-ups have boomed in the last decade and billions of dollars have already been poured on the promise of an efficient and agile drug discovery process. AI has influenced all sectors of the drug discovery value chain. Technologies have come up to analyze numerous medical images, to aggregate information from millions of publications for rapid analytics, to…

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BioSpectrum Article – Face-lifting biopharma industry image

Covid-19 pandemic gives an opportunity for the BioPharma industry to transform its image. Can the initiatives and learnings from Covid-19 be applied to other critical therapy areas?  Can the time and cost of development be significantly reduced such that the pharma companies can launch the products at affordable prices to ensure that every patient gets access to the medicines? Emerging markets are gaining more importance than ever, led by China, considering the scales of volumes they offer. With time and…

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5 pitfalls AI healthcare start-ups need to avoid

Artificial intelligence (AI) has now moved beyond its initial hype towards becoming a key part of the pharma industry – with many companies looking to partner with AI drug discovery start-ups. Pharma and healthcare are data-rich industries and AI helps by turning data into actionable insights, allowing us to solve complex, intricate problems. Using machine learning, AI algorithms can generate patterns that will enable us to predict toxicity, find potential combination treatments, identify and predict new drugs and expand usage…

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Mehta Analysis: The Promise Of 2021

Executive Summary Next year promises a wide range of opportunities for biopharma, triggered by an all-in commitment by every company with something to combat – COVID-19. Between January and early April 2020, over 80 COVID-19-focused programs entered the clinic, seven of which are vaccines. Such advances would normally take 5-10 times longer. Here we focus on two exciting and complementary opportunities. The first is the chance to help society gain a realistic understanding of how an R&D-anchored drug reaches their…

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How AI is fighting COVID-19: the companies using intelligent tech to find new drugs

The use of artificial intelligence (AI) in drug development has been hyped up for some time now – and the COVID-19 pandemic is finally a chance for these technologies to prove their worth. We highlight the companies that are using AI to develop treatments that could end the outbreak. Pharma is facing a race against time to tackle the exponential rise of COVID-19 cases, and as a result there has been an unprecedented level of data sharing and cooperation in…

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Mehta Analysis: The New Decade Is Sure to Transform Biopharma Globally

But Are Industry Leaders Keeping Pace? Executive Summary: Industry has the tools to bring more and far better treatments to more people faster than ever, with much lower R&D cost and very little selling needed for these targeted therapies – a perfect prescription for slashing prices for global access while preserving profits, argues Viren Mehta of Mehta Partners LLC. Biopharma business is fundamentally changing, but is the leadership keeping pace? The US Business Roundtable last August redefined the purpose of…

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Mehta Analysis: Who Will Speak Out As Regulators Are Politicized? FDA leadership Moves, China-US Trade Spat And Brexit Threaten Sector

In his latest opinion piece, Viren Mehta fears the impact that ideologically motivated and protectionist actions around the world will have on the biopharma sector and ultimately on patients. In this new era when politicians seem able to fool some significant number of people all the time, the safety valve of the civil service apparatus is more readily throttled. This came into full view as the autumn colors were fading in late October in Washington. In this new era when…

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Mehta Analysis: What Can Tesla Teach Pharma?

Health Breakthroughs Demand Regulatory Revolution Executive Summary:  The transformation of the automotive world has many lessons for biopharma, especially on the regulatory front, believes Viren Mehta of Mehta Partners. Driving an electric car since June of this year is not only a true joy, it has also prompted me to consider the lessons for the pharma industry. The consumer is free to adopt an electric car, and Tesla and other electric car makers have navigated a web of regulations to…

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Mehta Analysis: What Do Facebook Libra And Democrats At Presidential Debates Have In Common?

12 July, 2019 Executive Summary Viren Mehta of Mehta Partners LLC mulls the potential of blockchain, the rapidly evolving IT resource that secures every step in a business action. Just as the summer equinox ushered in dreamy thoughts of our next holiday, two of the major industries that account for about a third of the global output faced more intense summer heat, which may not dissipate even as the seasons change. Facebook, with over two dozen of the planned 100…

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