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Posted on 11.01.2011

2011 Outlook: Innovate or Fail

The turn of the year brings all manner of analysis of the events of one year and predictions for the year ahead. 2010 will not be fondly remembered by many as it heralded the impact of the 2008 banking crisis on the real world of citizens and business. For those in the public sector and […]

By John Wilkinson Former Chief Executive of Eucomed

home tele monitoring devices

Posted on 08.12.2010

The potential role of home monitoring devices in active and healthy ageing

As one of the baby boomers and firmly fingered with responsibility for both the healthcare funding and pensions crises, it is with a very personal interest that I look at emerging trends in care of the chronically sick and ageing. Age unfortunately means collecting co-morbidities, hopefully minor ones, and dealing with them in a way […]

By John Wilkinson Former Chief Executive of Eucomed


Posted on 19.11.2010

Throwing the baby out with the bathwater

Health and Consumer Affairs Commissioner, John Dalli, made a typically balanced speech about his vision for health on the European agenda at a meeting organised by Friends of Europe. The high-level summit entitled ‘An Innovative Healthcare Agenda for Europe’,  was held this week in the magnificent setting of the Bibliotheque Solvay, in the heart of […]

By John Wilkinson Former Chief Executive of Eucomed

Business Value

Posted on 22.10.2010

Fall leaves are dropping and hopes of reform too?

A year on and the mood music in Washington is very different. My return to this beautiful city, where fall colours are emerging in their full majesty, has seen a very different atmosphere from a year ago when the Obama health reforms were on their way and universal coverage seemed a very real probability. The […]

By John Wilkinson Former Chief Executive of Eucomed

Global Regulation

Posted on 21.10.2010

Can we move global harmonisation to the next level?

Proponents of greater regulatory harmonisation and cooperation will have been heartened by FDA chief Peggy Hamburg’s comments at the Advamed 2010 conference on Wednesday 20 October. She was quick to acknowledge that, in a changing world with vastly increased trade, the FDA could not continue to operate on an old-fashioned model designed for a time […]

By John Wilkinson Former Chief Executive of Eucomed

Access Digital

Posted on 23.06.2010

The potential of IT to transform healthcare

Sitting on the tram this morning, flicking through my e-mails and preparing for the busy day ahead, I began to muse on the incredible impact that information technology has had on my life. Doing this sort of communication was inconceivable even when I had my first management role. My own personal secretary was highly skilled […]

By John Wilkinson Former Chief Executive of Eucomed


Posted on 11.03.2010

Today is World Kidney Day

The prominence of World Kidney Day (11th March) brings into sharp focus the changing epidemiology of our times and the impact of modern life styles of the developed world on the demands placed on healthcare systems. The surge in incidence of diabetes coupled with extending life expectancy are producing a parallel rise in the incidence […]

By John Wilkinson Former Chief Executive of Eucomed

Business Global

Posted on 23.02.2010

Outsourcing R&D and the Medtech industry

In recent weeks within the pharmaceutical industry there has been much talk of both downsizing – GSK and AstraZeneca shedding 11,000 jobs – and outsourcing of research and development, with a whole range of licensing or partnership deals designed to pad out faltering product pipelines. Once again I was prompted to think about the prospect […]

By John Wilkinson Former Chief Executive of Eucomed


Posted on 12.02.2010

Clinton brings stents into the news

It is perhaps surprising how quickly coronary angioplasty has become just another everyday procedure. As someone who has seen open-heart surgery live and witnessed the trauma and hospital resource intensity of such procedures, the placing of a stent as an alternative is almost unimaginably better for both patient and the health sytem as a whole. […]

By John Wilkinson Former Chief Executive of Eucomed