Paying for patient expertise

Scientists in academic or other institutions use the unique insights patients provide to inform their research. Pharmaceutical companies oftentimes look for customer input primarily in late development stages. So far however, their main focus has been on physicians. Working with all stakeholders, including patients, early in the R&D process can help make it more productive and lower development costs by […]

Organ donation part 4/4 – Making transplant organs

If current organ donation systems don’t adapt, alternative solutions to the global organ shortage will hopefully emerge from biotechnology. Making organ donation work? Organ shortage is costly in terms of human lives, public expenditure and lost productivity from unserved patients. Long-term dialysis, for example, is more expensive than kidney transplantation. Additionally, dialysis patients cannot maintain a regular job unlike successful […]