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Innovation is a hot word right now in pharmaceutical strategy.  It is futuristic, creative, cutting-edge, energizing, and entrepreneurial.  Innovation is not hype, though.  It is the solution to the reality that internal R&D labs are losing productivity, drug approvals are down, and venture capital for start-ups is drying up.  Innovation has just a little do with a brilliant idea, though, and everything to do with executing it with discipline.

How is this exciting?  This sounds dull.

There is a vibrant community of biotechs, academics, incubators, and accelerators teeming with cutting-edge science.  To forge the deals that will re-prime its development pump, pharma must take its careful processes, performance criteria, gates, and thresholds and apply them to this wild and exciting space.  Innovation is a methodical, stepwise process of diligence, negotiation, contracting, planning, and collaborating.

Inside Out

Innovation is about creating value.  Innovation centers are cropping up in scientific hot spots – outside of traditional pharma campuses – all over the globe.  Pharma’s goal is to embed its best and brightest in the scientific community to partner with entrepreneurs and academicians.  Innovation has, quite simply, turned the pharma model inside out. Done well, innovation can result in on-boarding new products and business models at a sustainable steady state over time.  By looking outside, innovation creates value inside.

— Sherry Danese


Author Cadence Team

Cadence Research & Consulting is a healthcare communications, research and consulting firm that supports its clients through scientific content development and meeting planning, market research and strategy work. Leveraging a unique business model, Cadence offers a collaborative, high touch, expertise based approach for all its clients. Cadence clients span a broad array of companies within the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, and health IT segments.

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