December 4, 2019

"When the winds of change blow, some people build walls and others build windmills"

- Chinese proverb

There’s been a lot said about the strained relations between Western countries and China.

But no one seems to have told the life sciences sector, which...

November 1, 2019

"Now is the winter of our discontent

Made glorious summer by this sun of York;

And all the clouds that lour'd upon our house

In the deep bosom of the ocean buried."


- Richard III, William Shakespeare

Could Shakespeare have scripted it any better?

One wond...

October 25, 2019

I passed a milestone the other day.

I had forgotten all about it, until LinkedIn kindly reminded me in one of those sometimes annoying pop-up reminders.

This was a surprise one sunny afternoon I hadn't expected.

Apparently, I have been running my own co...

September 13, 2019

"Attitudes are contagious. Are yours worth catching?"

- Australian Men’s Cricket Team slogan, 2001 tour of India.

I recently attended a fascinating talk by Adam Gilchrist, former captain of the Australian men’s cricket team, organised by the Australia-...

September 1, 2019

Recent news that two new drugs to treat the Ebola virus developed by the biopharmaceutical industry have achieved a 90% cure rate is welcome news.

Breakthrough technology

The two newest drugs that were undergoing clinical trial were so successful, that...

Article published with Associate Professor Orin Chisholm from the University of New South Wales on 22 July 2019 in the Medical Journal of Australia. The article can be found here:

https://www.mja.com.au/journal/2019/211/6/australias-national-medicines...

June 20, 2019

A few days spent at the Health Technology Assessment International (HTAi) 2019 conference in Cologne this week gave a sense of how the practice of health technology assessment (HTA) needs to develop beyond 2020.

The issues and debates at HTAi this yea...

June 7, 2019

For the first time ever in human history there are now five generations working together in the same workplace.

While some Traditionalists born before 1945 are still working, the first people of Generation Z born after 1997 are now also entering the w...

The 2019 World Health Assembly in Geneva, the 72nd such meeting, as always covered many important health issues from around the world.

A quick look at the agenda for the 72nd WHA shows many issues were discussed including managing public health emerge...

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