inside this issue this month’s features editor’s note “Treating infections due to antibiotic-resistant bacteria is a challenge: commonly used antibiotics are no longer effective and doctors must choose other antibiotics to treat infected patients.” Dr Andrea Ammon, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control’s Acting Director Essentia Progress in Sterile Services and Beyond We speak to Tracy Cheung, Head of Marketing and Engagement and Anne-Marie Watts, Head of Sterile Services, to find out more about the exciting new projects the firm is working on. Page 14 04 News 06 Philips and Massachusetts Institute of Technology Team up to Make Managing Brain Injuries Less of a Headache for Doctors and Patients 08 Canada Innovation Centre 10 Why employees need a special space away from the desk to restore psyche 12 The ECDC’s Stance on Antimicrobial Resistance 18 GS1 standards in healthcare – giving the certainty of truth 22 Good Laboratory Standards Developed for Dealing with Infectious Diseases 24 Genzyme Introduces “vs.MS, ” a Global Initiative Aimed at Uncovering the Often Unspoken Challenges of MS to Drive Better Informed Care 26 Trends in Healthcare Investments and Exits – a UK Outlook 30 Tagrisso™ (Azd9291) approved by the US FDA as treatment for patients with EGFR T790m mutation-positive metastatic non-small cell lung cancer Global Health & Pharma, 39A Birmingham Road, Blakedown, Worcestershire, DY10 3JW Tel: +44 (0) 1234 567 890 | Email: [email protected] | Web: www.ghp-magazine.com Welcome to the December Issue ofghp Magazine. As 2015 draws to a close Nooman Haque, Director of Healthcare & Life Sciences for the Silicon Valley Bank UK Branch talks us through the prevalent trends in the healthcare sector over the past year. This issue’s foreword comes from Northern Ireland’s Health Minister, Simon Hamilton, who provides us with an insight into his department’s latest initiative, Making Life Better. Guy’s and St Thomas’ infrastructure department also offers outsourced services to firms and other NHS trusts. We speak to Tracy Cheung, Head of Marketing and Engagement, and Anne-Marie Watts, Head of Sterile Services, to gain a fasci- nating insight into the firm and its work. Mark Britnell talks us through his innovative new book, In Search of a Perfect Health System, which offers a global analysis of healthcare ser- vices from around the world and the positive and negative aspects of each. In this issue we also explore a number of excit- ing new strategies from Public Health England, which could change the face of the UK health service in the long run. We hope you enjoy this issue.