And what about innovation? Ultimately, companies need to emphasize innovation throughout their businesses, not just in early-stage
R&D. Creating efficiencies through new technologies, exploring outsourcing options, and testing more productive organizational
models can improve a company's ability to deliver all classes of drugs to market. Jan-Anders Karlsson, formerly of Bayer and
now CEO of S*BIO, a Singapore-based biomedical company, put it best: "Innovation is not about new targets, it is about successfully
bringing to market a product that meets an unmet medical need."
David Blumberg is a partner in Accenture's health and life sciences practice. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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