Future Technologies That Will Disrupt The Pharma And Life Science Industry

Anoop Naik, Head-IT, Encube EthicalsPharmaceutical and life science industry is growing rapidly in the recent past. Though there are regulatory hiccups, the pharma and life science industry has man-aged to find momentum by adopting new technologies. The pharma and life science industries are at a fairly nascent stage when it comes to adopting new technologies. But here are three technologies that will be adopted by the pharma and life science industry in the near future and it will be a complete game changer.

Artificial Intelligence
Artificial Intelligence is going to take over our lives in the future. It will be a must in every industry and not just in pharma and life science industry. In pharma and life science industry, Artificial Intelligence technology will create new and improved treatments and find ways to get people access to treatment quickly. Artificial Intelligence has already proved its worth in Pharmacology and Bio-equivalence studies. This is just a part of what Artificial Intelligence is capable of. There are myriad things which shall be achieved through Artificial Intelligence. For instance, the natural language processing and reasoning algorithm enables clinicians to look closer at symptoms and health status. Combined with doctor's notes, a company can now analyse a patient's health attributes against the clinical trial requirements uploaded in its database. Drug re-search and development takes a long time to test compounds against samples of diseased cells. Finding compounds that are biologically active are worth investigating further and requires even more analysis. To speed up this screening process, research teams shall use images from machine learning algorithms to predict which untested compounds might be worth exploring in more details. Drug discoveries often fail, because one disease gene at a time is being considered. Through Artificial Intelligence, it is possible to map out hundreds of disease causing genes and eventually help in the process of drug discovery. Artificial Intelligence can be even more stretched to your general health regime by identifying your health patterns and by comparing it to the database which will get collected
over the years and subsequently it even may predict your day of death.

3D Printing
Each human being is different both literally and metaphorically. Human beings come in different shapes and sizes. We all have our own ways of doing the same things. There is individual preference for every product. We always like personalised gifts as it gives us the sense of uniqueness. So in the future it will be extended to medicines as well. Since the medicines undergo conventional manufacturing process with standard formulations, patients some-times have trouble in embracing the medication. For instance, the tablet will be too large for a particular patient to swallow, the children will avoid syrup as it is distasteful or the elderly patients may find it difficult to open an air tight liquid bottle of medicine. Though the fundamental principles of treating the patients will be same but with 3D printing, the patients will have an option to personalise the medicine. A patient can sculpt a toothbrush depending but with 3D printing, the patients will have an option to personalise the medicine. A patient can sculpt a toothbrush depending on his/her teeth set satisfying his/her dental care. The oral dosage form can be moulded depending upon the size of the food pipe and also taste preference can be considered. Genomics shall enable us to receive therapy individually customized to our own genetic background. The main idea behind 3D printing drugs is to design and develop medicines that are suited to an individual’s needs. In future, we can easily adjust the size, appearance, shape, and rate of delivery of a wide array of medicines. There are many benefits but are also associated with many challenges. Since, the population is increasing significantly, providing personalised medicine to all of them will be a cumbersome task for the Pharma and life science industry.

A combination of the technological forces such as AI, Robotics and 3D Printing is likely to make the Pharma and life Science industry undergo rapid change in the next five to ten years

Robotic technology deals with use of robots or computer systems for the control, feedback, and information processing to substitute humans. Robotics shall impact every area of a Pharma and life science industry such as logistics, drug development and clinical trials, commercial manufacturing, quality control, etc. With the advent of online medical stores, the drone delivery systems will revolutionise logistic sector. Currently, clinical trials are done on actual humans and animals. There are lots of regulations and ethical dilemma associated with it. Also majority of the clinical trial fails and these failures cannot be investigated. The perfect environment is difficult to be created to study the drug action. So, this all shall be substituted with Humanoids. These robots shall mimic the human anatomy and will be used in clinical trials. The commercial manufacturing shall be done by robotic manufacturing processes thereby reducing the lead time. The testing in Quality Control shall be done seamlessly using the robotic technology, thereby reducing the human error.

A combination of these technological forces is likely to make this Pharma and life science industry undergo rapid change in the next five to ten years. Implementing these technologies effectively is even a greater task which the Pharma and life science industry have to learn as they grow.