COVID-19 test kits

It seems that after an initial frenzy at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, when seemingly almost any old test could somehow make it on the market (check out the April news review for comments on quality issues), we’ve seen not just quality tests but also kits with added features appear from summer 2020. More and more COVID-19 tests have been […]

Supply chain innovation with blockchain

Optimising supply chain management provides several tremendous use cases for blockchain applications. Below is a quick summary of two very informative blockchain discussions on supply chain transformation that provide some useful overviews across different industries and various aspects to ponder. Here are some of my highlights. What is the minimum viable tracking unit? This may seem straightforward when looking at […]

Quo vadis?

COVID-19 has had a huge impact on various industries including manufacturing, travel & tourism as well as life sciences and healthcare. When we talk about ‘industries’, inevitably we talk about human lives. Let’s look beyond the immediate turmoil into which many have been thrust. With the world around us changing at a seemingly accelerated speed, what’s out there to help […]

Blue Steens in Aug-Sep 2020

Check out my latest monthly review! It showcases Blue Steens’ latest posts, some news from biopharma & medtech as well as interesting events I have attended or noticed. At a glance In terms of COVID-19, test kits are becoming more elaborate; repurposed drugs promise to accelerate recovery; and vaccine development is in full swing globally with Russia having already approved […]

Federated learning in healthcare

What is federated learning? Federated learning (FL) is a machine learning paradigm that allows to train algorithms collaboratively without the need for source data exchange between the parties. This means that different institutions or companies can join forces in the development of data-driven solutions without sharing their secrets. Participants in such a venture come together in an FL consortium. How […]