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2014 Global life sciences outlook

Resilience and reinvention in a changing marketplace


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Despite heightened regulatory scrutiny, continued pricing pressures and another year of impacts from health care reform in many countries, the global life sciences sector is exhibiting resilience and reinvention as it employs new research and development (R&D) and business models to cost-effectively deliver innovation, value, and improved patient outcomes.

This 2014 global life sciences outlook examines the current state of the sector, describes the top issues facing stakeholders, provides a snapshot of activity in a number of geographic markets, and suggests considerations for companies as they seek to grow revenue and market share in 2014 and beyond. For those readers who are familiar with prior reports, we draw your attention to increased sector emphasis on innovation and the impacts of reform. Finally, the report includes Deloitte contact information for readers who are interested in discussing its contents in greater detail.

The life sciences sector – comprised of the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical technology segments – remained less impacted by the recent global economic uncertainty in certain parts of the world; however, it is facing reimbursement pressure from escalating costs and overwhelmed health systems across the world. Still, an overview of recent sector performance shows that it is favorably positioned to achieve success in 2014 and beyond. Among drivers for growth are an aging population, rising incidence of chronic diseases, technological advancements and product innovation, and certain anticipated impacts from health care reform provisions including increases in government funding and insurance coverage. Opportunities in emerging markets could continue to be a driver, although many companies are looking more cautiously at these markets due to slowing growth and other pressures.

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