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Business and Finance
Annual Review

Back to the Future


EPC editor Graham Hughes runs through the changes that have occurred in the business side of the industry over the past 12 months, and gives some predictions for how the market may develop in the coming year.
 
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Clinical Trials
Imaging

Future Vision

Gregory Goldmacher, David Raunig and James Conklin at ICON Medical Imaging examine the possibility of the FDA decentralising imaging views in clinical trials. Many uncertainties are still to be resolved, but what are the likely implications for sponsors?
 
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Logistics

Real World Simulations

Richard Wood at DS Smith Plastics Cool Logistics assesses some of the most ground-breaking new developments in the world of heathcare packaging, including simulation and virtual prototyping.

 
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Legal & Regulatory
Clinical Trial Regulations

A New Chapter

Markus Hartmann at European Consulting & Contracting in Oncology outlines proposals to overhaul the European Clinical Trials Directive, correcting some of the faults found in the current legislation.
 
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Good Clinical Laboratory Practice

On Reflection

Good manufacturing practice is essential in drug development and clinical trials. Stephan Wnendt at MLM Medical Labs outlines some of the key factors that must be taken into account.
 
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Clinical Research
Imaging

A Paradigm in Evolution


Chronic diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, could be detected earlier using molecular imaging techniques. J Michael O’Neal, James A Strafaci, Robert Scarimbolo and Ronald L Van Heertum at CoreLab Partners explain what this could mean for clinical research.
 
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Science & Innovation

Innovation


Putting Intriguing Ideas to Work


 

Justin Jones at BBK Worldwide shares some insider information as to what companies need to focus on to continue to develop in the industry, as well as highlighting some of the key questions they should be asking.

 
  
 
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LABS & Logistics
Logistics

Real World Simulations

Richard Wood at DS Smith Plastics Cool Logistics assesses some of the most ground-breaking new developments in the world of healthcare packaging, including simulation and virtual prototyping.
 
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Central Labs
Central Labs

Good Fortune


In the first of a two-part article, industry reporter Nick Charles takes us on a journey to China to discover why the country should be of particular interest to CROs hoping to build an alliance.
 
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Review
Industry Insight

Editor's Letter

Graham Hughes introduces this quarter's EPC, taking a look at the possible future of the pharmaceutical industry and what businesses need to focus on to progress.
 
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In Conclusion

Eyes on the Prize


Graham Hughes delves into the world of Nobel Prizes and considers a pattern that seems to be emerging.
 
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Book Review

A Methodological Approach


Graham Hughes reviews Statistics in Medicine by Robert H Riffenburgh, and explains why he would recommend it to anyone with a keen interest in the subject.
 
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Regional Focus
Regional Focus

Russian Revolution

Chris Baker from Samedan Ltd investigates some of the changes that are occuring in Russia. This giant is emerging from its slumber and could become one of the major players of the pharmaceutical world.

 
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Research and Development
Innovation in R&D

Science Fiction, Not Science Fact

Matt Kingdon and Jon Platt at ?What If! explore some of the ways in which pharmaceutical businesses can try to stimulate innovation in R&D, as well as some of the pitfalls they can fall victim to.

 
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Life Sciences Analysis

Paths to Progress

The life sciences industry must constantly evolve to avoid becoming stagnant and out of date. Heather Fraser at IBM sets out the three big Cs that face the industry: challenges, choices and change.

 
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Medical Writing
Patient Information

Mind the Gap


Instructions on medication can often be misinterpreted by patients. Lisa Chamberlain James at Trilogy looks at some possible solutions for how this serious problem can be avoided.
 
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Interview
Interview: Martin Robinson

Striking the Right Chord

EPC learns about the current role that the International Academy of Clinical Research is playing, and finds out more about its recent meeting with the UK Home Secretary.
 
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Interview: Colin Stanley

An Inside Look

The President of DOCS speaks to EPC about his role in the pharma world and divulges his forecasts for 2013.
 
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Industry Events

PDA Europe Annual Meeting 2019

24 June 2019, Hilton Amsterdam

Featuring updates from international regulatory agencies as well as industry, this promises to become another highlight in the 2019 event calendar and is a meeting not to be missed!
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