October was another month of intriguing expert requests. Once again, the requests we received had a global reach, required best in class experts and included some highly specialised fields including MENA market access and reimbursement experts, pathologists and oncologists who use next-generation sequencing and cardiologists who use drug-eluting balloons. It was a difficult decision but below are the ten we’ve chosen to highlight.
1. Cardiologists using drug-eluting balloons and stents
Drug-eluting balloons (DEB) and drug-eluting stents (DES) are tools used by cardiologists to widen blocked arteries to ensure good blood flow. Both these devices are coated in medication which is released into the vessel wall to facilitate the treatment. According to recent reports, these two markets show no signs of slowing down. The DEB market is forecast to reach an estimated value of USD 1.8 Bn in 2026, growing at a CAGR of approximately 18% from 2018 - 2026 and the DES market is anticipated to reach USD 8.74 Bn by 2026, expanding at a CAGR of 5.67% from 2018 - 2026.
An investor relations consultancy was looking to connect with interventional cardiologists who work closely with these tools in adults. That’s where our AI technology steps in. Based on the customer’s criteria, our technology hunted down first-class key opinion leaders within a matter of hours, with one of them being a Director of Cardiology at a leading medical facility in the US, and matched them with the customer.
2. Paediatric neuro-oncology clinicians
A VC company needed to gain insight from academic paediatric medical oncologists or neurosurgeons treating rare paediatric cancers that can affect the brain. Propelled by speed and precision, our technology was able to identify the relevant experts on the same day the customer sent in their request. Within 48 hours of submitting their request, the customer connected with the experts and received the insight they needed.
3. MENA market access and reimbursement experts
A healthcare company requested to connect with pricing, market access and reimbursement experts who are familiar with the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) market to discuss launch plans for high-cost innovative drugs. With a focus on the MENA region, our AI technology found high-quality, relevant experts in Morocco, Egypt, Algeria and Jordan.
4. Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis treatment investor
Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is liver inflammation and damage caused by an aggressive build-up of fat in the liver unrelated to alcoholism. It’s the most severe form of a group of conditions called nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. Over time, NASH can lead to liver cirrhosis or liver cancer.
A management consultancy needed to connect with an investor from a venture capital (VC) firm, who had previously invested in companies dealing with NASH, to gain an understanding of what factors they considered when making investment decisions. Despite this niche request, our AI technology scoured the depths of the web to find the perfect match for the consultancy.
5. Digital health specialists in cardiology, psoriasis and MS
The healthcare technology landscape is evolving rapidly, and organisations are increasingly turning to technology to help improve health and wellness. A customer specialising in digital health needed to connect with experts to support them on two projects – one on cardiology and one on psoriasis and multiple sclerosis (MS). They needed to engage with digital health specialists experienced in telemedicine, remote patient monitoring and remote patient diagnostics, virtual health assistance, and/or digital therapeutics with the aim of discovering the potential of digital health solutions in cardiology, psoriasis and MS.
For the cardiology project, they requested to connect with a specialist from Europe, the US and Australia. The psoriasis and MS project required them to engage with an expert from the UK and the US. For both projects, our AI technology sourced the specialists they needed across the specified regions within 48 hours thus enabling the customer to get the insight they needed, swiftly.
6. CAR-T cell therapy haematologists or oncologists
A management consulting firm reached out to us to match them with 15 US-based haematologists or oncologists who treat relapsed or refractory diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (R/R DLBCL) with CAR-T cell therapy (chimeric antigen receptors). The customer provided a priority list of specific institutions they wanted the experts to come from. Using this information, our AI technology was able to find clinicians from the top institutions the customer requested with absolute precision.
7. Non–small cell lung cancer or melanoma specialists
A healthcare and life science company needed insight from oncologists based in the US and UK experienced in treating non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) or melanoma. Powered by machine learning, our AI technology sourced the experts and created individual data-backed profiles for the customer to approve, triggering a connection between the two parties upon the profile’s acceptance. Thus, ensuring a smooth connection process between the expert and the customer.
8. Cancer testing technique specialists
Next-generation sequencing (NGS) and hotspot testing are both novel methods to help determine cancer risk. NGS describes several modern DNA sequencing technologies which allow for an entire human genome to be sequenced within a single day. A hotspot is an area of DNA that’s likely to mutate. Keeping this in mind, a healthcare marketing company approached us needing to engage with pathologists and oncologists who use NGS and hotspot testing for diagnosing cancer.
In order to get a broad range of perspectives, the customer requested to engage with clinicians from the UK, Singapore and Brazil. Because our knowledge landscape isn’t limited to a fixed database, our AI technology was able to find these experts and connect them with the customer.
9. Infectious disease focus groups
A life sciences consultancy needed to gain a better understanding of hospital formulary review processes with specific reference to drugs used to treat gram-negative infections. Caused by gram-negative bacteria (GNB), these infections include pneumonia, bloodstream infections and meningitis. GNB are resistant to several drugs and antibiotics, making them one of the most significant global public health problems.
To gain the insight they needed, the customer requested to engage with 30 experts via two virtual focus groups and one-in person session with each engagement having approximately 10 experts and lasting four hours. The required experts included clinicians, pharmacists, critical care and infectious disease specialists at leading hospitals and medical institutions. When they approached us, the customer had already begun the process of recruiting experts but had exhausted all their resources and was struggling to expand their knowledge pool. Thanks to our AI technology’s expansive reach and acute precision when finding experts, we were able to match the customer with the best minds to advise them.
10. Three different blood clotting experts
Some of the best things come in threes; the three little pigs, the three musketeers and a hat-trick. For this expert request, a global VC company needed to connect with three experts who could provide insight on blood clotting – a doctor or anaesthesiologist experienced in using extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), a cardiac surgeon and a haematologist. They also needed to be knowledgeable in the surgical anticoagulation standard of care. With the criteria in hand, our AI tech went hunting for these experts and matched them with the customer.
And there you have it! Our top 10 most notable expert requests for October 2019. We hope you look forward to what November has in store as much as we do.