5 Tips for Effective Portfolio Management

Imagine that you are Indiana Jones. A series of ancient doors lie before you. Behind one – unimaginable success, profitability, and reward. Behind the others – defeat, loss and failure. You have but a single key and too many possible doors – which to choose? Does this sound like your organization? This is the constant[…]

Resource Management: To Algorithm or Not to Algorithm?

Demand forecasting—the ability to project demand by role and project—is an important part of resource management. Companies conduct demand forecasting in several ways. Some have project managers enter demand by role for, say, 12 months. Others communicate standards to help drive consistency in how project managers estimate demand. Still, others create demand forecasting algorithms to[…]

Emerging Pharma “Personas” for mHealth and Health IT

  I’m fascinated by how the pharma industry is handling the changes in healthcare. Five years ago, the era of Pharma consolidation and cost cutting went into high gear.  We’ve seen a breakdown of the vertically integrated big Pharma, a shift towards a flexible cost model and plenty of mergers/acquisitions.  This work continues today, and[…]

Big Data — Getting Bigger for Life Sciences

Big data has been exploding in healthcare.  It is becoming a key basis of competition and is providing much-needed visibility into R&D for life sciences companies. Pharmaceuticals, biotech, and medical device companies are analyzing these large data sets. They look to find out their potential value for new drugs, conducting strategic clinical trials, and implementing personalized[…]

Inside Investigator Meetings (Part 3 – The Survey)

In previous blogs, I mentioned issues mentioned with regards to collecting feedback via surveys. However, I was able to collect a significant amount of data from attendees at various investigator meetings (21 in total, all Phase III studies). I used two different sets of standardized surveys throughout: internal (sponsor focused) and external (site focused). At the end of[…]

Mobile Health: Pharma’s next “Blockbuster”?

I just came back from vacation in Northern Michigan (check out Art’s Tavern in Glen Arbor if you are ever in that neck of the woods) where I crossed off a number of books from my reading list including How Will You Measure Your Life? By Clayton Christenson. I’m a big fan of Christenson’s theories on business[…]