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Bio-Europe Winter Conference highlights latest trends in life sciences
By Oladimeji Ewumi  |  Feb 29, 2024
Bio-Europe Winter Conference highlights latest trends in life sciences
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The Bio-Europe Winter Conference is held in a different city each year - and last year, the rota fell on Munich. With a proven track record of fostering partnerships and innovation, the event showcased key biopharma trends set to impact healthcare over the next decades.

MUNICH - Munich, Germany, Europe's most renowned biotech cluster, set the stage for last year's Bio-Europe Winter Conference that ran from November 6 to 8, featuring notable plenary sessions, fireside chats, and company presentations on the latest advances in life sciences and the business side of pharma. Over the course of three days, 6,000 attendees from nearly 3,000 companies engaged in 30,642 one-on-one meetings and fostered collaboration within the life science ecosystem.

While this grand affair had many exciting highlights, the following are some of the key standout sessions.

Faster innovation lifecycles raise drug costs

Alexandra Zemp, partner at McKinsey & Company, kickstarted the opening plenary session with a deep dive analysis of the key biopharma trends poised to transform the healthcare landscape in the next 5 to 10 years.

Panelists Daniel Chancellor, thought leadership and consulting director at the pharma business intelligence firm Citeline, and Isma Hachi, director of business development at life science data analytics company IQVIA, shared optimistic and varied perspectives on how collaborative efforts in innovation financing and partnerships are influencing the trajectory of the healthcare sector.

Faster drug innovation cycles and shorter product life cycles will drive up global cost pressure on medications. "Between 2004 and 2012, it took around six years to put three products on the market," Zemp said. Today, three or more competitors are in the market on any product that becomes available, so competition has just intensified, despite more mergers and acquisitions and a tighter financial environment.

On the science and innovation side, Zemp stated that "We

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