REFLECTIONS FROM TIANJIN

September 24, 2018 - 2 minutes read

From robot workplace revolutions and trade wars, to the potential social and economic utility of blockchain, topics covered at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting of the New Champions was wide-ranging and featured fascinating views on the technologies and drivers that will shape the future.

With the development of new technologies occurring at such speed in the current digital revolution, I believe it is important to ensure we can quickly shift focus beyond the latest breakthroughs and on to their application and ability to solve some of the world’s great problems.

These include greater economic sustainability as well as meeting the healthcare needs of a growing and aging global population. We need to ensure digital solutions and strategies that can deliver meaningful change are integrated faster into such critical components of the global economy.

I encourage you to review the highlight’s of this year’s meeting and draw your own inspiration. I’d also recommend you to take a look at the Top 10 emerging technologies of 2018, and note the profound influence of healthcare on this list.

Personalised medicine, AI-led molecular design, implantable drug-making cells, gene drives and electroceuticals all have direct relevance to the healthcare sector and signal a future that offers better, targeted, accurate and cost-efficient treatments for people. Other technologies on this list, including virtual reality and digital helpers, are already starting to transform the traditional ways healthcare is delivered. It is our job to collaborate with other industry stakeholders to embrace this digital revolution and effect change as soon as possible.

To enable this, it is imperative for healthcare organisations such as Mundipharma continue to move from the safe perimeter of traditional commodity pharmaceutical business towards the epicentre of a digital health innovation ecosystem striving to quickly solve this century’s healthcare challenges.