How to Find the Right CDMO Partner

CMC plays a critical role in the development of a biological product. While it may not be possible for early stage and mid-size biotech companies to have all the necessary CMC resources to steer through the maze and tangle of drug development challenges, there are steps you can take to ensure success. So far, we have covered three essential steps to[…]

Four Critical Attributes to Consider in a Project Management Outsourcing Partner

In the pharmaceutical industry there are many different types of outsourcing.  There is functional outsourcing (research, development, commercial, regulatory, IT, etc.), outsourcing of roles, (project management, CRAs, chemists, etc.), and outsourcing of projects (drugs, vaccines, clinical trials, initiatives, software, etc.).   To gauge the amount of outsourcing going on these days, consider outsourcing of clinical trials.  In 2008,[…]

Effective Project Meetings – How to Lead Mindful Meetings Part II

In my last blog, I discussed how you can stop feeling frustrated over unproductive project meetings and how to make them more mindful. In this blog we will finish it up with preparing for the meeting and the meeting itself. Mindful Project Meetings: The Meeting Preparation Your meeting attendees should be showing up to the[…]

Will Remote Clinical Trials Become the New Norm?

By some counts, prescription drug costs account for 20 % of all healthcare costs.  The cost of getting a drug to market reaching well over a billion dollars and there is a growing scrutiny of money-conscious consumers. It is not hard to see why pharma companies are searching to find ways to reduce costs. Clinical[…]

Are We Moving Beyond Patient Centricity to Collaborative Health?

It has only been a couple of decades since the concept of patient-centered care or patient centricity entered our collective consciousness. However, much has changed and continues to change rapidly in the healthcare industry. Technological, economic, and social advancements are moving at break-neck speed and propelling the industry into ever evolving directions. We could already[…]

Can Drug Development be AGILE? – Part II

Agile Methodology is not new – except in the realm of clinical drug development.  As you will see, there are ways to use this old IT technique to enhance your drug development team’s chances of hitting their goals. Agile methods were developed to overcome weaknesses in a conventional engineering process.  Agile development can provide important benefits.[…]

Do Patients Really Want to Use Your Patient Portal?

In June of 2016, Salesforce.com commissioned a survey conducted by Harris Poll of 2,025 adults aged 18 or older.  Of these adults, there were 1,736 who had both medical insurance and a primary care doctor. Respondents were sub-grouped, based on generational demographics: Baby Boomers (55+) Generation ‘X’ (35-54) Millennials (18-34) The survey included data on patients’ interest[…]

Tabby’s Star: Astrophysics, Consulting, and Being Great

KIC 8462852. Where’s the Flux? Tabby’s Star. These names may mean nothing to you. But they all refer to an interesting star about 1500 light years from Earth. “But Andy,” you say, “what could this star have to do with SharePoint … or consulting . . . or whatever it is you’re supposed to be[…]

How to Be a Great Project Manager And Still Sleep at Night

During a recent call with an end user/client, I heard the all too common phone response, “IT screwed up in the past and I’m really anxious.” And, just like that, as a project manager, I was lumped in with a rich and sordid history of every failed IT project that ever existed in all of[…]