The biopharmaceutical industry stands at a crossroads with its very future in question. The problem is deep-seated, with its roots coming from serious structural flaws in the way the industry has been constructed.
Incremental innovations are no longer sufficient. The industry needs a radical transformation, and Asia offers a unique opportunity for remodeling the system. The pre-requisite, however, is that biopharmaceutical companies truly comprehend the emergenceâor re-emergenceâof Asia, and meet the challenge of understanding local, thinking local and being local.
Contract Research Organizations (CROs), with their cross-industry view of the landscape, must understand their pivotal role within the new "wheel-and-spoke" partnership model, and evolve from being pure service providers to becoming key enablers of healthcare transformation in Asia.
About the Author
Dr. Amar Kureishi joined Quintiles in August 2010 to establish the Strategic Drug Development Unit (SDD Asia). With a mission to help biopharmaceutical companies formulate clinical development and regulatory strategies for their products, SDD Asia rapidly gained an international following, helping ten clients devise Asian strategies for 15 different compounds in its start-up year.
Prior to joining Quintiles, Dr. Kureishi was Global Head of Medical Affairs for Bayer, responsible for all therapeutic areas within the worldwide Bayer Healthcare organization. During his 11-year career with Bayer, Dr. Kureishi held progressively senior leadership positions across different geographies, including posting in the USA, Germany, China and Singapore.
He was assigned to China as Vice President and Head of Clinical Development & Medical Affairs for Asia-Pacific, in 2005, with a remit to build Bayer's clinical development capabilities and infrastructure in China and Asia-Pacific, resulting in the accelerated development of products such as Nexavar and Xaralto.
Quintiles is the only fully integrated biopharmaceutical services company offering clinical, commercial, consulting and capital solutions worldwide.
Their Asia Pacific presence began in 1982; there are now more than 20 offices in 14 countries in the region, so they can find a multitude of ways to help you turn healthy ideas into healthy people. Working to find flexible ways to help you accelerate outcomes, offering both insight and action from strategic business consulting to operational delivery using our in region resources ranging from data management and cardiac safety to Central Labs in China, India and Singapore.
Voted 2010 Asia Pacific CRO of the Year by Frost & Sullivan we have built our reputation in the region on the quality and results we have delivered across 1,700 studies involving 230+ partner and 4,000+ non partner sites. Quintiles' combination of global, regional and local expertise across a range of therapeutic areas including oncology, vaccines, neurology and cardiovascular disease has never been more important.
They have been awarded the Asia’s Best CRO at the 5th Annual BioPharma Asia Convention. For more information, please visitÂ www.quintiles.com.