| 12th December 2016
The last decade has seen the rapid growth of biologics in the pharmaceutical market, making them a key sector to watch in the coming years. Biopharma made up 22% of big pharma companies’ sales in 2013, with this number being expected to rise to 32% of sales by 2023. With the growing popularity of these products, it’s important to understand the opportunities and threats they present to pharma companies.
Associate Consultant Ditte Funding takes us through how biologics are made, what makes them unique, and what it all means for pharma companies.
Before looking at how to manufacture them, it’s important to first understand what a biologic is. The definition of a biologic isn’t always clear, and what’s considered a biologic is constantly being updated and tweaked as new products are introduced to market. However, the broad definition of a biologic is they are created by either a microorganism or a mammalian cell, and are large, complex molecules; the majority of which are proteins or polypeptides. Examples of biologics include blood or blood products, gene therapies, vaccines, and cell therapies.
There is a significant distinction that needs to be made between traditional small molecule pharmaceuticals (such as aspirin), and biopharmaceuticals. Biologics differ from small molecule drugs in their cost, production, administration, and clinical efficacy. Small molecule drugs are usually chemically synthesised, simple, and have a very well-defined structure. Whereas biologics, or large molecule drugs, are difficult to define and characterise.
Biologics present great value, as they are highly specific molecules that tend to target more difficult to treat populations; it seems that biologics may become a primary tool for targeting hitherto untreatable diseases. However, in order for biologics to be widely used treatments in the future, they must be manufactured at the right cost and the right scale.
| 14th February 2017
As a business that works with healthcare and pharma companies, it’s not often that we get the opportunity to design the cover for Time Out London, so we jumped at the chance to partner with Rays of Sunshine to help them get the word out about their #Kisses4Wishes campaign on Valentine’s Day. Liz Inskip talked with the creative team about the campaign and how BLH approaches this kind of work.
| 8th February 2017
When we talk about customers as experts in healthcare, what we’re really talking about are clinicians. Experts in diagnosis, treatment and clinical care (HCPs) and experts as those who experience the medical condition in their own personal context (patients). Head of Customer Experience Elisa del Galdo talks through how the evolution of the relationship between HCPs and patients is changing the role of the expert in healthcare.
| 25th January 2017
Simon Young, Director at Blue Latitude Health, discusses how advances in technology are influencing the future of the expert-patient relationship and why healthcare businesses must evaluate how best to support the future role of the expert.