Hard Problems In Health Care
INFOGRAPHIC: In Vivo has listed some of the biggest scientific and development challenges still facing the innovative health care sector in 2019.
Influenza is a wily foe. It shows up each winter having taken a slightly different guise to outwit our existing immune defenses, but always keeps up its sleeve an ability to shapeshift to an entirely new form that could crash straight through them.
The attention accorded to dementia, MCI and degenerative brain conditions has been slow to reach the levels given to the more visibly-quantifiable conditions, such as cardiovascular disease and oncology. But earlier detection of cognitive impairment is a priority, despite therapies not yet being available to halt or reverse the conditions. Playing its part to push back the boundaries is Cognetivity Neurosciences, a London-based company with an innovative tool that uses AI to test subjects for the early signs of dementia.
IXICO has been developing medical image analysis and digital health data analytics to help pharma companies better understand how to develop so-far largely elusive therapies for neurological diseases. It is a game of skill, patience and long-term application, but also an environment with short-term opportunities, as IXICO’s Alison Howie explains.
Recent clinical data using antisense drugs in neurological diseases are encouraging signs that targeting genetic drivers of ALS with antisense oligonucleotides or other gene-altering drugs could halt progression of several forms of the disease.
As more regenerative medicine products approach clinical testing and commercialization, stakeholders in the field are increasingly pressed to address substantial challenges, including pricing and reimbursement, GMP manufacturing, and clinical availability, and patient accessibility to these life changing therapies.
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