Ashley Yeo is attached to the medtech titles within Informa’s Pharma intelligence division.
As Health Care editor on In Vivo (monthly hardcopy and online daily services), he writes and commissions news and feature material to meet the strategic business and market access information needs of senior players and device makers as they move innovations into the global medtech market place.
As part of the Principal Analyst team, he also contributes news delivery and insight needs across the group’s other medtech titles in the field of market access (global regulatory, reimbursement, policy changes). Key areas of focus are Germany, the UK and global themes, and EU and other outside global regulatory insight.
A linguist by training, he joined what was later to become Informa in mid-1988 as a French and German news reporter (with some other European languages also in the mix), and has been editor of three of the group’s titles (including Clinica) over a 14-year-period.
These duties are combined with supporting the growing Ask The Analyst service. He says: “This helps us as a group keep a close relationship with long-term and potential subscribers in a sector where insight and knowledge are key to our clients’ commercial success.”
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The Chinese medtech regulatory system was a key theme at the MedTech Summit in June, where regional specialists gave updates on registration timelines and electronic submissions, and signaled how the world’s biggest market-in-waiting is speeding up its regulatory improvements in a bid to become more open and less forbidding for overseas entrants.
The UK continues to build its digital health-care infrastructure, as seen in last week’s government funding pledge for a new AI lab. But this is set against criticism of the lack of digital resources at health-care providers. As the ABHI’s newly appointed digital health lead, Andrew Davies says stakeholders first need to understand the scope and needs of digital health care, and then adopt a networked approach, with medtech playing a full part in the helping the system evolve appropriately.
With health care in the UK being increasingly restructured around digital delivery, bodies like the new NHSX, NHS Digital and the forthcoming Digital Innovation Hubs will be in the forefront of health-care policy-making at the national level. A new government funding pledge has underlined the importance of taking the opportunities that artificial intelligence, machine learning and genomic medicine offer in health care.
The European MedTech Forum’s CEO panel set out to address high-level global, long-range issues, but from the start it got log jammed in regulatory issues. Not in the script perhaps, but wholly understandable, as new EU regulations will have huge strategic importance for how companies do business – and in the case of start-ups, if they can continue to do business.
France’s medtech industry association, Snitem, says everything is in place to create a globally-leading start-ups sector locally, but all stakeholders must play their part, and companies should be wary of falling into easy traps.
In a world where national economies are beset by conflicting spending priorities, health care is oftentimes too low on the agenda, health care observers say. One of these is Boston Scientific senior vice-president Eric Thépaut, who understands the dilemmas, but says that health care will soon force its way up the priority list. He has advice for future-ready medtech innovators.