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Nick Haggar Appointed CEO of Zentiva

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Zentiva is very pleased to announce the appointment of Nick Haggar to the role of Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective as of February 11th, 2019. Nick joins from InsudPharma where he has been CEO from 2016-2019. He has worked in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry for more than 30 years and has both a strong commercial track-record with leadership positions in Sandoz (Novartis), GlaxoSmithKline and Ranbaxy, and technical know-how having commenced his career in technical operations at Baxter Healthcare. He was also President of Medicines for Europe(former EGA) during 2014-2015. Nick will be based in Prague and will report to the Advisory Committee of Zentiva.

Nick commented: “I am extremely excited to join Zentiva on its new journey. In the months ahead, we will expand our reach, increase our productivity and accelerate our growth as we help support people’s daily healthcare needs.”

Zentiva was carved-out from Sanofi in October last year. The Group is now backed by Advent International, one of the world’s largest and most experienced global private equity investors.

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Access to Affordable Medical Care and National Health Protection Scheme, Priority of Government: D V Sadananda Gowda

Vlad Poptamas



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  • Steps afoot to make pharmaceuticals a Rs 3 lakh crore market
  • Opportunity for Industry through Ayushman Bharat Programme
  • Technologies like AI and advanced analytics being increasingly adopted by pharmaceutical industry: FICCI-KPMG Knowledge Paper

Mr D V Sadananda Gowda, Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers, Statistical and Programme Implementation, Government of India, said here today that the Government’s focus was on improving access to affordable medical care and contribute to the National Health Protection Scheme, even as India continues to maintain its leadership position in manufacturing and supply of high-quality generic medicines.

Mr Gowda was speaking at the 4th International Conference on Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices organized by the Department of Pharmaceuticals, Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers, Government of India jointly with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI).

Mr Mansukh L. Mandaviya, Minister of State for Chemicals & Fertilizers, Road Transport and Highways, Shipping, Government of India, while stressing on the development of infrastructure and affordable healthcare through initiatives like Ayushman Bharat, said that the Government was taking measures to make the Indian pharmaceutical sector a Rs. 3 lakh crore market.

Mr K J George, Minister for Large & Medium Scale Industries, Government of Karnataka, said that the state government plans to set up a special pharmaceuticals SEZ in Hassan and Pharma Parks in Bengaluru and Mangalore, which forms a part of the Government of India’s aim of investing over USD 50 billion by 2025.

Dr Henk Bekedam, WHO Representative to India,  stated that considering the increased involvement of the micro, small & medium enterprises in the medical devices manufacturing sector, WHO will provide technical support to the sector to upgrade manufacturing standards.

Mr S Sridhar, Chairman, FICCI Pharma Committee said that industry believed in universal healthcare at affordable price for all Indian citizens, adding that this is a long-term plan and requires a joint effort of the government, industry and other stakeholders to collectively own this vision.

Mr Badhri Iyengar, Chairman, FICCI Medical Device Forum, said that it was important to look at having a unified healthcare regulator which could act as a bridge between the industry and the government to create one window for facilitating business.

Drug regulators from over 30 countries including RussiaKenya, the UK, MalaysiaIndonesia, Saudi Arabia and Uzbekistan participated in the event. The event also saw participation of drug regulators from 15 states across India.

A FICCI-KPMG Knowledge Paper ‘Evolution to revolution: by use of Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Analytics in pharma’ was also released at the event.

Highlights of FICCI-KPMG Knowledge Paper ‘Evolution to revolution: by use of Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Analytics in pharma’

  • Catalyzed by an exciting range of new, disruptive technologies, the pharmaceutical industry needs to reimagine its future. And the need to reimagine is being driven by shifts which are disturbing the industry’s status quo – pressure to reduce costs and demonstrate greater value, swing from treatment to prevention, and personalized treatments. These shifts are challenging the overall business model of the pharmaceutical companies
  • Emerging technologies, AI and advanced analytics are being increasingly adopted by the pharmaceutical industry in many diverse and interesting ways
  • The value of technologies comes from their ability to process large amounts of complex, both structured and unstructured data, at a rapid pace to generate actionable insights and thereby reduce costs, improve time to market and gain competitive strength in the marketplace
  • While a lot of interesting applications are in areas related to drug discovery, applications in other areas such as drug dosage and safety, manufacturing and supply chain and commercialization is being further explored
  • As far as technologies are concerned, pharmaceutical companies are choosing their fields of play and also who they play with, with a growing emphasis on collaboration and partnership. Accordingly, the industry is witnessing many such partnerships and quite often with technology start-ups

Please see the link below for knowledge report:


SOURCE Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI)

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Greenphire to Address Global Site Payment Transformation at 10th Annual Summit for Clinical Ops Executives (SCOPE) 2019

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Greenphire, the global leader in financial software for clinical trials, announced today that its CEO, Jim Murphy, will co-present Global Site Payment Transformation alongside a leading industry sponsor at the upcoming Summit for Clinical Ops Executives (SCOPE) 2019 in Orlando, Florida.

The presentation is scheduled for Tuesday, February 19 at 12:45 p.m. and will explore how this global sponsor partnered with Greenphire to transform its global site payment processes using the innovative eClinicalGPS technology. Implemented across sites in more than 35 countries, the presenters will highlight how site payment automation has created a more transparent, efficient process and eliminated manual points of intervention.

“At Greenphire, we pride ourselves on using our unique, multi-stakeholder workflow approach to help partners improve the site experience both domestically and internationally,” said Murphy. “Trial sponsors are recognizing that it’s time to automate their site payments in a way that delivers greater control and predictability across global trials, and it’s my hope that our presentation will instill further confidence in why payment automation is the right choice.”

Murphy will also share details of eClinicalGPS’ global capabilities, the state of its worldwide adoption, and how it has grown to be the site payment software of choice for global sponsors and CROs.

Celebrating its 10th year, SCOPE Summit 2019 offers four days of in-depth programming that focuses on advances and innovative solutions in all aspects of clinical trial planning, management and operation. View the complete SCOPE agenda now.


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Philips launches Zenition mobile C-arm platform for enhanced operating room performance and workflow efficiency

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Zenition mobile C-arm platform brings together innovations in image capture, image processing, ease-of-use and versatility
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Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), a global leader in health technology, today announced the launch of Philips Zenition, its new mobile C-arm imaging platform. Mobile C-arms are X-ray systems that are brought into the operating room (OR) to provide live image guidance during a wide range of surgeries including orthopedic, trauma and vascular procedures. The Zenition mobile C-arm platform brings together innovations in image capture, image processing, ease-of-use and versatility pioneered on Philips’ highly successful Azurion platform. Zenition allows hospitals to maximize OR performance, enhance their clinical capabilities, and offer their staff an outstanding user experience. Zenition will be introduced in the U.S., GermanyAustria and Switzerland in the first half of 2019, and will subsequently be rolled out in further markets.Philips Zenition supports increased OR performance across the healthcare facility

The scope and complexity of surgical interventions – especially in the rapidly growing area of image-guided minimally invasive surgery – continues to increase, as does the number of patients requiring treatment. In order to treat more patients at a lower cost, hospitals require a versatile fleet of C-arms with varying capabilities that easily adapt to the needs of different types of surgery and different operators. Zenition mobile C-arms are easy to move between operating rooms, simple to position around the patient and intuitive to operate.

“The Philips Zenition is a user-friendly system that’s intuitive to use for both surgeons and nursing staff,” said Nikolaos Bonaros, Associate Professor of Cardiac Surgery at the Medical University of Innsbruck, Austria. “Its simplified workflow means that we can convert a room from a conventional OR to a high-quality interventional room more quickly. At the same time the system provides high image quality at the level required for hybrid OR procedures.”

“As patient numbers rise and procedures become more complex, equipment up-time, utilization and usability become ever more important,” said Ronald Tabaksblat, Business Leader for Image Guided Therapy Systems at Philips. “Our new harmonized Zenition mobile C-arm platform offers the proven performance and ease of use needed for surgical teams to work with confidence and precision, now and in the future.”

Zenition: intuitive usability and enhanced operational efficiency 
Philips Zenition supports increased OR performance across the healthcare facility. The platform’s tablet-like user interface and simple ‘Unify’ workflow mean that once an operator has learned to use one system on the platform, it is easy for them to operate them all. The systems make point-and-shoot image capture fast and intuitive during any interventional or surgical procedure. Zenition’s compact design, Position Memory feature [1] and BodySmart software, which captures fast and consistent images even at the edge of the image intensifier or flat detector, reduce the need for C-arm repositioning by 45% [2].

For crisp high-quality image viewing, Zenition C-arm systems incorporate the same image processing algorithms used on the company’s Azurion platform, offering high-definition visualization of patient anatomies and a greater viewing area. Image quality is assured by features such as Philips’ MetalSmart software, which automatically adjusts the contrast and brightness of images to improve image quality when metal objects such as implants are present in the field of view – a feature that makes Zenition systems especially useful in orthopedics.

The Philips Zenition platform is designed for the future, allowing for longer clinical relevance of the systems. With two different detector and image intensifier options and the ability to subscribe to Philips’ Technology Maximizer program, Zenition offers users the latest software and hardware technology releases for a fraction of the cost of purchasing them individually.

Zenition is the latest innovation in Philips’ unique portfolio of systems, smart devices, software and services in image-guided therapy, which combine to provide healthcare providers with sophisticated, procedure-oriented solutions.

Philips’ Zenition C-arms are CE marked and have received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). They will be showcased at the 2019 European Congress of Radiology (ECR) Exhibition (February 28 – March 3, 2019Vienna, Austria) on Booth 402, Hall X4. Follow @PhilipsLiveFrom for live #ECR2019 updates.

[1] Only available on Zenition 70.
[2] Results obtained during user tests performed in November 2013 by Use-Lab GmbH, an independent company. The tests involved 30 USA based clinicians (15 physicians teamed up with 15 nurses or X-ray technicians), who performed simulated procedures in a simulated OR environment. None of them had worked with a Philips C-arm or with each other before.

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