New approaches for novel challenges
The global healthcare, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology industries are shifting as the world deals with the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. Hear five Executive MBA alumni working in different roles within healthcare discuss how they and their organisations are adapting.
In terms of therapeutic areas, some of the reservations that we’re seeing is that clearly the focus post-COVID have been towards therapeutic vaccines, that having an impact and certainly showing great efficacy in the clinics– are people willing to spend money on those type of products? And preventative vaccines were sort of seen as something a bit boring, not much growth, and been there for ages.
That’s changed now as a result of COVID. So with the alignment of genomic analysis and so forth, having an effective preventative vaccine for these types of pandemics, et cetera, is now being seen as a huge, huge priority. So there’s several companies that were initially thinking about divesting of their preventative vaccine manufacturing within Asia. As a result of COVID, business has actually boomed as a result, and that’s certainly now become the main value growth driver.
So I would say that the viewpoint is that preventative vaccines has now shifted from being something– a nice-to-have, but not at the forefront of technology, to now being a crucial element to growth and combining that with a genomic analysis to have the best preventive vaccine has now become a very, very important growth subsector.
And is that designed for more early-stage assets, or is it also related to more late-stage assets?
So– and again, a lot of the late-stage assets– so a bit of large-cap pharma companies which have got established pharmaceuticals weren’t seeing much growth in that the margins are pretty stable. They’re now pretty low. So actually, they started divesting those off. And OTC, non-core parts of– as you’ve seen a lot of large-cap pharma, they’re divesting off or doing JVs with the animal health, OTC, established pharmaceutical businesses. And they’re reallocating that capital to key growth areas, like gene editing, cellular therapy. So it’s early stage but innovative platforms is where the focus is going to be, and the later stage, established, more molecule type stuff has become more and more sort of non-core for large-cap pharma strategy.
Great. I’m conscious of time, and I think we just have a couple of minutes left. So I think that’s time to thank you all so much. [LAUGHS] If you were at the Judge, I would have given you a nice mug with our logo, and I’m sure it– but I’m sure you already have one of those at home. So, yes, we can’t thank you enough for your time. That’s so precious.
I also want to thank the MBA office, the EMBA office, and Jack Cooper for all his hard work behind the scenes. And of course, thank you all from the audience for joining us, for making time for this. I’m sure you found it useful. Yeah, and we’ll see you again in six or nine months, right? All of you to keep us up to date with what you’ve been up to.
Why study an Executive MBA at Cambridge?
Cambridge is a centre for healthcare, technology and engineering
The region surrounding Cambridge is sometimes referred to as Silicon Fen because of the large cluster of high-tech businesses focusing on software, electronics and biotechnology. Investment in the Cambridge Biomedical Campus had put the city on at the forefront of healthcare, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology research.
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The Executive MBA is delivered over 16 weekends and four week-long blocks over a 20-month period, making it a feasible commitment for the busiest professionals. It is a demanding schedule, but the coursework involved is designed to complement your organisational responsibilities, as the programme encourages you to apply what you learn to your own role and organisation. The weekend format ensures that you can maintain a work-life balance and family responsibilities alongside your study schedule.
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The programme offers the opportunity for you to network with peers in your cohort and with the Cambridge Judge Business School community. You will also have access to the huge networking potential of the wider University: its students, academics and alumni. EMBA participants benefit from unparalleled opportunities to engage with and learn from innovators, entrepreneurs and business leaders who contribute to the programme as guest speakers, mentors and coaches.