Medical Education and the Affordable Care Act

Posted by Fuld + Company on Jan 28, 2016 10:32:17 AM

Ken Sawka   | Jacob Golbitz 

Perhaps it was inevitable. Kaiser Permanente, the California-based health system that integrates health insurance with its own hospitals and clinics, last month announced that it would open its own medical school in the state in 2019. 

The move underscores two factors that have bedeviled healthcare reform in the United States before and after the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010 – a forecasted shortage of physicians in the United States, and the failure of traditional medical education to keep pace with the training required to enable physicians to provide healthcare in an integrated, risk-based system.

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Topics: Competitive Intelligence, Innovation, Market Analysis, Healthcare, Life Sciences

New Video! Building a Life Sciences CI Team

Posted by Fuld + Company on Dec 15, 2015 9:50:08 AM

Finding the right talent to fill CI needs at a Life Sciences company can be challenging. From companion diagnostics to biosimilars, it's a complex marketplace that requires highly skilled CI practitioners.

David Staknis, Principal, Practice Head Global Life Sciences, and Ken Sawka, CEO + President, discuss necessary industry experience and academic qualifications for inclusion in a CI team, as well as team dynamics within Fuld + Company's own Life Sciences practice.

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Topics: Competitive Intelligence, Fuld + Company, Pharma, Healthcare, Life Sciences

New Video! Companion Diagnostics

Posted by Fuld + Company on Dec 11, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Companion diagnostic (CDx) devices are in vitro and imaging tools that are paired with specific drug therapies. Part of a larger trend towards personalized medicine, they are used to identify patients most likely to benefit from a specific therapeutic agent or to determine appropriate dosage. 

While questions remain about who should bear the cost for companion diagnostics, the promise of greater safety and efficacy and the potential for faster regulatory approval have made this an area of growth for both pharmaceutical and molecular diagnostics clients.

David Staknis, Principal, Practice Head Global Life Sciences, and Ken Sawka, CEO + President, discuss increased requests for monitoring development and expansion of CDx platforms, earlier coordination by pharmaceutical and diagnostics firms, and the benefits of CI for optimizing R&D spending.

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Topics: Competitive Intelligence, Early Warning Monitoring, Medical Devices, Pharma, Healthcare, Life Sciences

New White Paper! New Strategies for Health Care Industry Convergence

Posted by Fuld + Company on Nov 23, 2015 8:00:00 AM


Consumer retail, enterprise IT, consumer electronics, health insurance, and health care delivery are rapidly converging to improve the customer/patient experience. 

Relying on tried and true approaches to strategy development may no longer be good enough when multiple markets collide. As health care delivery, payment, and reporting evolve in response to shifts in demographics, technology, and political influence, population health management becomes the key to controlling costs.

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Topics: Fuld + Company, Market Analysis, Scenario Analysis, Technology/Telecomm, Healthcare, Industry Convergence, Competitive Strategy

Jack Bauer and the Flu

Posted by Robert Flynn on Oct 23, 2015 6:49:12 AM

On February 5, 2015, Public Health England announced that the flu vaccine had demonstrated low effectiveness against the main strain of flu that had circulated this past winter. Dr. Michael Skinner of Imperial College London, said in response, “Trying to predict which seasonal flu vaccine to produce each year must be a bit like a Jack Bauer car chase in Los Angeles…bound to prove somewhat hit & miss.” 

A similar miss occurred in 2004, when the United States suspended The Chiron Corporation’s shipment of 48 million doses of vaccine, citing problems at the company’s Liverpool, England, manufacturing plant.

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Topics: Brand Insights, Market Analysis, Pharma, Scenario Analysis, Healthcare, Life Sciences, Merger and Acquisition

Upcoming Event: Fuld + Co. Speaking at Health Innovators' Panel Thursday

Posted by Fuld + Company on Oct 19, 2015 4:39:07 PM

Alexis Kuchins - VP, Life Sciences Business Development - joins a panel of strategists, marketers, and researchers at "Marketing Healthcare Innovations: Know Your Customer, Know Opportunity" this Thursday in Cambridge. 

Topics to be covered include: 

  • Gathering customer intelligence to guide product design and uncover value 
  • Uncovering what investors or development partner organizations are looking for 
  • Knowing your competition to better know yourself 

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Topics: Events, Fuld + Company, Innovation, Healthcare

New Micro Case Studies, have a look!

Posted by Fuld + Company on Oct 12, 2015 11:00:00 AM

Case studies are a curious animal. Everyone thinks they're important, but no one wants to write them, and, apart from the headlines, people don't really read them. They just want to know what was the challenge, what was done, how successful it was.

So at Fuld, we're introducing something new: the microinfographic case study. It's like the quick summary from a 3-5 page case study, with illustrations.

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Topics: Competitive Intelligence, Brand Insights, Fuld + Company, Innovation, Pharma, Healthcare, Life Cycle Management, Life Sciences, Product Positioning, Competitive Strategy

The Tweet Heard ‘Round the Pharmaceutical World: A Perspective On Pharmaceutical Drug Pricing

Posted by Alexis Kuchins on Oct 5, 2015 3:22:18 PM

A week ago, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton tweeted her intentions, if elected, to try to curb the rising costs of pharmaceuticals. The plan would place a monthly cap on the out-of-pocket cost that chronic pain patients would have to pay for prescription medications, a greater emphasis on bringing biotechnology-style drugs to the market, and encourage increased use of generic and imported drugs.

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Topics: Competitive Intelligence, Innovation, Market Analysis, New Market Entry, Pharma, Scenario Analysis, Healthcare, Industry Convergence, Life Sciences, Product Positioning, Competitive Strategy

Companion Diagnostic Strategy: Who Bears Those Costs?

Posted by Alexis Kuchins on Sep 28, 2015 4:25:04 PM

The 2015 World CDx conference in Boston, Massachusetts brought together thought leaders from pharma, diagnostics, and companion diagnostic companies (CDx). This dynamic group of individuals engaged in a dialogue on areas such as next generation sequencing and companion diagnostics, precision medicine, and the regulatory landscape. In conversation with participants and presenters there was a consistent theme of seeking to understand companion diagnostic strategy and who will bear those costs.

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Topics: Competitive Intelligence, Brand Insights, Innovation, Manufacturing/Industrial, Market Analysis, Medical Devices, Pharma, Scenario Analysis, Healthcare, Life Sciences

How one CEO knows how to push the limits

Posted by Leonard Fuld on Sep 24, 2015 9:30:00 AM

Jim Mongiardo: Boundary Hunter

Jim Mongiardo has had a fascinating career to date. He has run a string of medical and biotech companies over the past 25 years. He is a quick study. More important – and the reason he has succeeded so often – he quickly learns the business boundaries for each company he has managed and how to push those boundaries as far as he reasonably can. It takes smarts to learn operational, investment and regulatory boundaries. It takes courage to understand when you have reached your limits.

Immediately following his graduation from Harvard Law School, Mongiardo started out as a litigator in the New Jersey state court system but soon grew restless. He wanted to try his hand at business. Finding a job at Schering-Plough (merging with Merck & Company in 2009) he entered a management training program and soon to become head of marketing for Schering’s Over the Counter and Prescription Drug business.

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Topics: Competitive Intelligence, Brand Insights, Fuld + Company, Pharma, Healthcare, Fuld, Leonard, Life Cycle Management, Life Sciences, Competitive Strategy

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