Welcoming 2012 with a Look Back at 2011

By Daniel R. Matlis

Last week I received an email from Jerry Hultin, President of NYU-Poly (my Alma matter) that included an interesting video “An Animated Year: Welcoming 2012 with a Look Back at 2011.”  As I looked at the video, I began to reflect Axendia’s accomplishments for 2011 as we set goals for the New Year.

I pondered how to measure accomplishments in today’s web-centric and interconnected world? I decided to go to the authoritative source and Googled “Axendia.” In 0.19 seconds I got about 7,320 results across 46 pages. That is one way to measure accomplishments.

Another way is to measure the contributions we have made and the commitment to our mission: “to be trusted advisors to Industry Executives on Business, Technology and Regulatory issues.” 

In 2011, we’ve had the privilege to advise executives at Life-Science, Healthcare and Food companies ranging from startups to Fortune 100 companies. We have also had the opportunity to counsel for leading technology and service providers. Read what some of our clients had to say about Axendia.

We began blogging at Life-Science Panorama in 2006, before blogging was cool. Five+ years and 160 articles later, we have nearly 2500 subscribers. Today, you can also follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

In 2011, findings from our research were presented in testimony to the Senate Committee on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) hearing on “Securing the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain.”

In addition to the Senate, Axendia’s Life Science Supply Chain research has made an impact on the following organizations:

• The Pew Health Group white paper: “After Heparin: Protecting Consumers from the Risks of Substandard and Counterfeit Drugs

• CBS’ 60 Minutes segment by Dr. Sanjay Gupta titled “The difficult fight against counterfeit drugs.”

• Dr. Roger Williams, CEO of the US Pharmacopeial Convention referenced our findings in his article: “Ensuring Drug Quality: A Complex Task in a Globalized Era” 

We have conducted Primary Research, published numerous whitepapers, authored a multitude of articles and presented at leading industry conferences, and had the privilege of chairing Advamed’s Executive Workshop “Bringing Devices to the US Market” 4 years in a row.

Giving the Gift of Childhood
Continuing a 5 year old tradition, we have donated our entire holiday gift budget to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) Foundation. We believe that a healthy childhood is a gift. With this donation, we are helping CHOP continue their work to improve the health of children.
We are so pleased at the positive feedback we received, here are a few samples.

  • It was heartwarming to read how you have been doing this for the last 5 years and you are SO RIGHT about how the value of that gift is SO MUCH MORE than getting a nice Holiday Card… Your contribution will have much longer term positive impact on many children and their families and what more can you ask for than that. In fact you’ve inspired me to reach out to the Foundation to make a personal gift that will hopefully have a similar impact.
  • I wish everyone did this! Thanks for making a difference rather than giving another gift.
  • This is one of the nicest gifts of the year. Thank you!

William Shakespeare wrote “What’s past is prologue.” I hope that in 2011 we have continued to earn your trust, and that in 2012 Axendia will continue to be source of trusted advice for you.

Thank you for your support and I look forward to continuing to build long-term relationships based on Axendia’s core values: Respect, Integrity and Passion.

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