The Syneos Health Podcast

The Syneos Health Podcast

The Syneos Health Podcast Series dissects some of the most complex issues biopharma leaders are facing today. Our clinical and commercial experts provide time-tested solutions, as well as perspectives on the news of the day. Hosted by Jeff Stewart, a long-time industry consultant who has advised biopharma leaders on licensing, mergers and acquisitions, pricing and market access, commercialization and go-to-market strategies, each episode explores the challenges and considerations involved with bringing biopharmaceuticals to the market.


September 21, 2023 21 mins

One of the biggest trends making headlines and impacting the healthcare industry to date is the rising popularity of GLP-1 drugs. Initially developed for diabetes management, these products have recently gained traction for weight loss indications. But with promising efficacy and growing popularity, is the healthcare industry truly prepared for the challenges posed by these drugs becoming such a hot commodity in the market?

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In this episode of the Syneos Health Podcast, we embark on a journey into the metaverse – a revolutionary concept that's transforming the way we approach training and learning.

As we delve into the world of the metaverse and its implications for healthcare training, Michael Shim, PharmD, National Director, Field Medical Affairs and Marie Latsa, PharmD, Community Medical Director at Syneos Health, will share their fir...

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August 1, 2023 18 mins

The emergency department (ER) can be a place of chaos, panic and infinite amounts of unpredictability. Not knowing what can come through the doors at any given time makes this environment impossible to foresee and prepare for.  Because of this uncertainty, the ER (and its patients) can be a particularly challenging target for clinical trials. 


In this episode, Dr. Ruth Henrice-Desrosiers, Medical Director, Syneos Health joins the p...

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July 20, 2023 48 mins

The game continues to change in biotech as continued macroeconomic uncertainty has far reaching implications for the future of the biopharma ecosystem. Biotechs can no longer operate toward the single goal of being acquired by, or of licensing their assets to, large pharma—and players may need to develop products further than in the past, and therefore strategic pathway optionality needs to be weaved into and maintained throughout ...

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What is the healthcare industry up against in terms of recruiting, hiring, and retention, in the increasingly competitive job markets of China, Korea and Japan? 

Leigh Householder and Sam Wilson, commercial solutions lead for APAC, Syneos Health,  discuss how changing customer needs, evolving market dynamics and shifts in customer engagement  continue to be  challenges when recruiting top talent in the region.

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In our previous episode, we covered how companies can harness the power of digital therapeutics to improve their brand’s value proposition. But what does it really take to get a clinically validated prescription digital product to market?


Dr. Shaheen Lakhan, Chief Medical Officer, Click Therapeutics joins us on the second episode of our two-part series on digital therapeutics to discuss the diligence required to help regulators, he...

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Digital therapeutics (DTx) are projected to be $50 billion industry by 2025. While many minds may immediately jump to unregulated companion apps when they hear “digital,” there are also clinically validated prescription digital products that act complementary to or in combination with traditional biopharmaceutical therapies. As these prescription DTx gain traction, how can companies harness their power to improve their brand’s valu...

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May 31, 2023 33 mins

"It's July 2022. This morning I tried to donate my kidney, this afternoon the transplant team told me that I can't, I have cancer." Words no one wants to hear. Even for a former Jeopardy! champion with degrees in molecular biology and two decades of experience in the biopharma industry, the implications of the phrase are overwhelming.

Nearly a year later, our flagship podcast host Jeff Stewart is telling his stor...

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May 25, 2023 12 mins

How can we use technology and increasing volumes of data to change the future of human health and healthcare as we move forward into 2023 and beyond? 

In this episode of the limited Trend Talks series, Leigh Householder, Host & Author, 2023 Health Trends: Personally, Purposefully Building What’s Next, sits down with Bob Zambon, VP, Solution Architecture Group, Syneos Health, to discuss how increasing numbers of varying health da...

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How will a new field for the field force keep the doors open for customer communication while considering differences in culture, therapy, product lifecycle stage and healthcare professional preference?

In this episode of the limited Trend Talks series, Leigh Householder, Host & Author, 2023 Health Trends: Personally, Purposefully Building What’s Next, sits down with Ewan Cuthbertson, SVP, European Deployment Solutions, Syneos H...

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How will Digital transformation continue to impact the healthcare industry and help drive automation, efficiencies, quality and other changes to how we engage and operate in the future?

In this episode of the limited Trend Talks series, Leigh Householder, Host & Author, 2023 Health Trends: Personally, Purposefully Building What’s Next, sits down with Skye Hodson, PhD, Senior Director, Product Solutions & Asset Team, Syneos O...

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March 30, 2023 19 mins

Last year the FDA approved the first gene therapy for hemophilia B. This year, the first gene therapy may be approved in the US for hemophilia A. What does the gene therapy revolution mean for patients, payers, and pharma?


Ankita Chowdhury, Senior Engagement Manager, Commercial Advisory at Syneos Health®, joins the podcast to discuss the landscape of recent hemophilia gene therapy approvals, the state of upcoming additional therapi...

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March 21, 2023 17 mins

The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 is a landmark United States federal law which aims to curb inflation by, among other things, lowering prescription drug prices. What can this mean for biopharmaceutical companies?

Dennis Kim, Senior Engagement Manager and Em Coriale, Director in the Value & Access team at Syneos Health, dive into the details of this piece of legislation, the true meaning of “unjustified price increas...

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How will Artificial Intelligence continue to impact the healthcare industry and its potential to introduce new technologies, enabling a shift from promise to performance? 

 In this episode of the limited Trend Talks series, Leigh Householder Host & Author, 2023 Health Trends: Personally, Purposefully Building What’s Next, sits down with Andrew Barron, SVP of Global Site Start Up & Regulatory, to discuss.

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 In this episode of the limited Trend Talks series, Leigh Householder Host & Author, 2023 Health Trends: Personally, Purposefully Building What’s Next, sits down with James Ian , a Musician and Actor who lives with Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type Three—a rare neuromuscular disease that attacks the neurons that control all the voluntary muscles in the body. James is a passionate advocate for disability inclusion, particularly in th...

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This new podcast mini-series features interviews with industry leaders, focusing on hot topics within Regulatory Operations (Reg Ops).

Reg Ops is evolving in response to a rapidly changing regulatory landscape as well as the industry’s focus on achieving operational efficiency and excellence. Technological innovations such as advancements in Regulatory Information Management (RIM) capabilities are accelerating Reg Ops in t...

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It’s a volatile time for biopharma, and a unique juncture in our industry’s history. War in Ukraine, a bearish market and supply chain chaos are just a few of the factors that kept much of the industry away from the table. Entering 2023, the investment and dealmaking panorama remains a puzzle. Despite worries and uncertainties, there are hints that dealmaking intensity may be poised for a rebound after a year of inertia that mirror...

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What’s Changed, What’s Changing and What Matters Most Right Now

In this inaugural episode of the limited podcast series on 2023 Health Trends, we’re setting the stage with Host & Author, 2023 Health Trends: Personally, Purposefully Building What’s Next, Leigh Householder. 

Leigh provides a high-level look at what will be different this year. First, she discusses urgent optimism and the personal, purposeful commitments w...

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When it comes to the generation and use of real-world data (RWD), there are variable and evolving stakeholder needs. Put it in the context of a rare disease, where patient samples are decreasing as diseases splinter with increasing specificity in diagnosis, and the prospect of meeting these stakeholder needs becomes more daunting. Layer on special circumstances—like a required 15 years of post-approval follow-up data for cell and g...

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Common misconceptions surrounding decentralized research often deter sponsors from attaining its key benefits—and this is especially true for small or emerging biotechs with limited shots on goal.  But by separating fact from fiction and understanding how to identify fit for purpose solutions, these companies can lay the roadmap for successful implementation of a decentralized clinical trial (DCT) strategy. 

Stephanie Gonzalez, Seni...

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