What we now know…

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85% of all deaths in China are now attributed to chronic diseases.

In the US, 70% of deaths are attributed to chronic diseases and worldwide, 63%.


Three fourths of the world’s population now has access to mobile phones.

The number of mobile subscriptions in use worldwide, both pre-paid and post-paid, has grown from fewer than 1 billion in 2000 to over 6 billion now, of which nearly 5 billion are in developing countries

Mobiles and healthcare: a significant growth opportunity.


Philips’ healthcare division says a 7% increase in revenues year on year.


Formal charges filed by EU’s Competition regulator against Servier of France and Lundbeck of Denmark.

At issue: “Pay to delay” efforts to delay generic pharmaceuticals.

Pay to delay is another black eye on the pharmaceutical industry, and another case where the industry will lose.


Ebola virus outbreak: at least 14 have died.

The country has slipped into a trade deficit for the past three months ending June 2012. That month’s deficit was the largest in history.

FDI is progressing strongly though, with a 30%+ increase for the second quarter. Mining is the main investment sector and pharmaceuticals showed strongly also.

However, commodities are in a global slump and implications for the health sector include slowing of medical imports such as diagnostic equipment, durables, and disposables.


“They (the regime) have this new policy of burning. Burning people, burning land.”

Abu Ammer, resident of Sheikh Maskeen, commenting on the shelling of a hospital.


Traditional medicine accounts for approximately 40% of China’s $21 bln USD total pharmaceutical market.


Tomsk State University, the oldest university in Siberia, has an aggressive business accelerator effort and recently announced plans for Diagnostika+ to launch a series of smart medical instruments.

The university started in 1888 as a medical school.

Check out the announcement: http://www.marchmontnews.com/Archive/News/18840.html


UAE’s Zakat Fund has recently signed an agreement with the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company to provide healthcare services to recipients of the Fund.

Zakat (zsymbol-kät´) [Arab.,=purification] is a Islamic religious tax and one of the five basic requirements (arkan or “pillars” ) of Islam. Zakat is payable at different rates on crops, harvests, herds, gold and silver, and merchandise. Being religiously prescribed, zakat is distinct from charity (sadaqa) which is voluntary. Zakat is essentially a personal exercise with no intermediary control, and could be given directly to its recipients, although a central treasury often collects it. Pakistan, Sudan, and Saudi Arabia have enacted legislation to enforce the zakat.

See: http://zakatfund.gov.ae/zfp/web/news/newsdetails.aspx?nId=1511


Rwanda is launching ‘Diaspora Wealth Fund’

Capitalizing on its diaspora, the government is planning on developing a sovereign wealth fund. Many have derided the idea.

Does a diaspora wealth fund sound far-fetched? In looking at India’s brilliant pharmaceutical and hospital sectors, with their strong reliance on its own diaspora, we think Rwanda isn’t so far off the mark.


Spark in Russia’s birth rate, particularly older, wealthier women

Positive upshot for infertility treatments and diagnostics.


Apple’s iPhone has higher sales than the entire Microsoft product line

In Q1 2012 the iPhone had sales of $22.7 billion while Microsoft’s total revenue for the quarter was $17.4 billion.


“Diversity brings power.”

Daniel Akaka, US Senator, State of Hawaii

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