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15Feb/110

KOL Engagement and Alignment.

Here's a quick excerpt from our Special Comprehensive Country Report, India. It's something we've seen addressed again and again in our follow-up interviews.  I've also thrown in a YouTube interview with Tushar Barad who talks about some of the intricacies of engaging with KOLs.

The updated report will be exclusively available for free through our great friends over at pharmaphorum. So you better get registered!

"Respondents identified active engagement of local Key Opinion Leaders as the most effective means to understand their needs. Further, this strategy provides accurate insight into actual affordability as demonstrated by purchasing power and cost of living, in addition to possible commercial strategies and their respective likelihoods. However, our research also suggested that organizations as a whole have been slow to actively engage end-users. Patience and value on the long term was also a key trend among respondents. It was evident from our results that success in India favors ongoing and long-term relationships that grow and evolve over time. While short-term profit can be made, it is clear that the initial time investment and requisite patience were rewarded many times over when focus was placed on the longer term.  A further benefit of continuous investment in “relationship capital” is the evolution of mutually business partnerships. Organizations who establish themselves effectively in India can often leverage their presence to reach other fast-growing markets in the South-Asian and Asia-Pacific region. Our experts agree that to be effective into 2020 and beyond, market leaders must invest proactively in nascent relationships, given the propensity for longer cycle time in such business partnerships. Opportunity to cut costs and drive access will exist for those who look to partner and aid, rather than exploit."

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Oh yeah, the full report will also be available for download here, but this week only!!

28Jan/110

Value-Added Generics

I appreciate your patience in bearing with me in the last few weeks. As you undoubtedly know, I've been busy populating the library section of the main site. I am making a lot of progress, and there is even more in the pipeline.

One of the challenges has been ensuring high-quality audio. Much to my initial dismay, the sound-quality suffered on the first few recordings. For enduring this, I am grateful. After much experimentation I have found a methodology for getting things online relatively quickly and at high-fidelity.

I'm also picking out parts that I thought were of particular value. Here's a clip from Atul Sharma, talking about the importance of innovation in value-added generics.

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20Jan/110

Exclusive Interview with an Expert: Vikram Sathish Asokan

We've had a lot of luck getting in touch with experts, as of late.

My latest conversation was with sales superstar Vikram Sathish Asokan, a Director at Lister and Berg in India.

We talked about the three pillars to success in start-up companies (spoiler alert: Good human resources capable of getting things done, financing and technological savvy). We also touched on how to transgress beyond selling and ensure profitable long term relationships with Indian clients.

If you have ideas for future interview, or how to improve, I'm really happy to incorporate constructive criticism going forward so please do send!

Posted by Jeff

18Jan/110

Call for Questions.

We have an interview upcoming with Vivek Shukla, later next week.

His 12  years of experience serving over 40 reputable clients in the Indian pharmaceutical industry have given him a grasp of strategic business knowledge that is unrivaled.

Now is your chance to pick the brains of a world-class expert. Comment or send questions to info@stelerix.com

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18Jan/110

Exclusive On-Demand Webinar, Free! Atul Sharma – Global Partnerships

If you have not yet read or listened, check this out!

Atul Sharma, Senior Manager at Alembic Limited took some time to speak with me about his expansive experiences in a diverse array of emerging and mature markets.

We discuss a number of issues in-depth, like understanding local success drivers and why innovation is especially important in generic formulations.

There are lots more similar interviews coming up, so submit your questions if you want to hear from experts!

Posted by Jeff

13Jan/110

Call for Questions!

I have a number of interviews coming up.  I am really excited to have the opportunity to speak to experienced stakeholders. It is bound to be one engaging and informing discussion after another.

Get ready for a flood of quality content in the latter half of next week.

I have done my best to think up intriguing questions. They are all based on direct input from our preliminary research and direct industry stakeholder input, like this. But I'm still new to the interview game. So if you have ideas or are burning for answers, please send them to us!

If you could pick the brain of an emerging market expert, what would you ask?

If you need some inspiration, here are some tried and true questions (and answers).

Alok Kumar, Part 1, Part 2 (FREE On-Demand webinar)

Vivek Varma - Contract Manufacturing

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12Jan/110

Exclusive Interview, Part 2

I woke up at 3:30am (2:00pm IST) the other day, to find out about lessons learned  in competitive generic global product launches.

The follow-up to our first exclusive interview is now online.

Watch this FREE, on-demand webinar to understand:

  • What the Indian market will look like in ten years
  • What differentiates it from
  • Strategies for generics success.
  • How to deal with regulatory hurdles and surprises.

It's our first attempt at supplementing an audio call with powerpoint presentations and a full minute-by-minute note-guide. We are very eager to improve and should have a version with improved sound quality up by tomorrow. Your comments and thoughts are encouraged.

FREE On-Demand Webinar - Alok Kumar discusses what is required for generics success in India, and the world.

Posted by Jeff

11Jan/110

Local Savvy

Here's an excerpt from our recent premium research:

"Of course, respondents identified active engagement of local people as the most effective means to understand their respective needs, as well as what they are able to pay to address them. However, our research also suggested that organizations as a whole have been slow to engage end-users actively. Patience and value on the long term was also a key trend among respondents. It was evident from our results that success in India favors ongoing and long-term relationships that grow and evolve over time. It is clear that the initial time investment and requisite patience were rewarded many times over in the longer term"

It's interesting, given some recent developments in the news.

Despite minor analytical shortcomings, the researchers identified different factors influencing prescription in a number of regions. It's evident that local stakeholder engagement is critical as our research said.

Alternatively, big pharma can continue to acquire leading domestic players. Abbott complemented it's own internal efforts by buying up Piramal. It plans to let the business operate independently with current management; a robust strategy, judging by our research.

We touch more on the subject of how to successfully partner with local influences and key opinion leaders in our follow-up interview with Alok Kumar (original here). It will be an audio presentation supplemented with powerpoint slides, available soon!

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Posted by Jeff

6Jan/110

Merck Moves In

It is always encouraging to see the big players making aggressive moves into a market. The announcement then, that Merck KgaA is setting up an Indian technology centre to provide contract development services for a large range of applications, is exactly what we like to hear. That it's part of an ongoing initiative is even more exciting.

Some of Merck's other innovative initiatives, such as the one below, present very interesting soft opportunities that will also benefit rising executives in emerging markets. And not just in job-specific technical roles. Access to the seasoned experiences of others is something that we predicate our own business on (see: interviews with experts) and another hidden benefit of globalization.

Posted by Jeff

UPDATE: Brought to our attention by our good friend, @andrealmarch is this fantastic Globe and Mail article: Ten tips for success in India

5Jan/110

Clinical Trial Site Selection

It's interesting to see talk about the shifting preference of clinical trial sites. While India has compelling advantages, other opportunities are evidently making themselves apparent. An understanding of the driving issues behind this development is incredibly helpful, and described effectively in the linked article.

The idea is of particular interest to us and our survey respondents. Our primary research has shown time and again that pharma executives have limited resources and will be stringent in deploying them, such that only the most advantageous new markets benefit.

Further developments of this nascent trend are something that we will keep a close ear to the ground for...

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