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Linas Libikas, JTI General Manager For The Western Balkans

Stability, Transparency And Predictability More Needed Than Ever

The increase in foreign investments in Serbia over the last few years is a clear sign that multinational companies recognise Serbia as a stable...

Milena Argirović, MD, Country Head For Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, North Macedonia And Kosovo At Takeda

We Use Data And Digital To Improve Patients´Lives And Create Better Society

Last year was a very important one for Takeda in Serbia. It was a year ago that Takeda commemorated 10 years of operations in...

Senka Aleksić, Executive Director, Shared Mobility d.o.o.

How Kinto Join And Kinto Ride Protect The Planet

Shared Mobility is part of the start of the transformation of the automotive industry as a whole and the new mobility industry. Founded in...

EPSON

Monozukuri Is The Key To Sustainable Manufacturing

In a world where the word “innovation” is overused, it is easy to forget that some of the best ideas come from old traditions...

Konica Minolta

Innovative Solutions That Improve Life

Konica Minolta has been successfully operating in the Adriatic region for years, and its innovative solutions and business areas attract a large number of...

Nebojša Škuljec, Director, Merck Sharp & Dohme

Committed To Patients’ Health In Serbia

For 130 years, Merck Sharp & Dohme has been inventing for life, bringing medicines and vaccines for many of the world’s most challenging diseases in the pursuit of its company mission to save and improve lives

We need to continue in the same direction, and once we close the gap on EU countries, we need to have continuous and sustainable investment behind innovation, in parallel with reducing inefficiencies in the healthcare system,” says Merck Sharp & Dohme Director Nebojša Škuljec.

Has the pharmaceutical industry been working over the past year to develop new therapies for diseases that we neglected and disregarded as a result of the arrival of COVID-19?

Prior to COVID-19, most resources and efforts were focused on developing new drugs for oncology and non-communicable diseases. MSD made a breakthrough in oncology treatment several years ago, with the development of the first immunooncology drug, Keytruda®, which showed remarkable results that have been confirmed by the now five-year survival data on some of the deadliest forms of cancer, such as malignant melanoma and lung cancer. We’re continuing to investigate and demonstrate the benefits of Keytruda® in a range of malignant diseases, but we’ve also strengthened our commitment to fighting infectious diseases. In parallel with developing new powerful antibiotics that are needed to address growing antimicrobial resistance, MSD is investing a lot of effort into delivering quickly on the new potent anti-COVID drug. Our Molnupiravir molecule has been shown to be active in several models of SARS-CoV-2.

Patients in the U.S. can take advantage of the availability of the latest therapies. How can we reduce the availability gap compared to such developed countries?

Besides investing in the development of new medicines, it is also important that innovations are accessible and affordable to the patients who need them. Spending on medicines as a percentage of overall healthcare expenditure ranges from five to 10 percent in most developed countries, to as much as 60 percent in many emerging economies.

Merck Sharp & Dohme aspires locally to be the most-trusted partner to Serbian Government, healthcare institutions and health workers

All healthcare systems worldwide aim to secure mechanisms to control healthcare costs while serving the need for breakthrough treatments. Serbia has come a long way in the past several years, in terms of access to innovative medicines, followed by increased investment that has resulted in much better outcomes for patients.

The second important task for policymakers and the pharmaceutical industry is to expand public-private partnerships, like the latest one coming from our company, which relates to the aforementioned anti-COVID drug Molnupiravir. We believe that this kind of partnership, as well as advanced purchase agreements, are also possible in other countries, and we are actively engaged in numerous efforts to ensure Molnupiravir is also available in Serbia, immediately after global healthcare giants like the U.S.

Are you preparing to celebrate the 25th anniversary of your operations in Serbia? What is behind you, and what lies ahead?

We’ve demonstrated the same commitment to patients and the health of the population in Serbia over the past 25 years by increasing access to healthcare through far-reaching policies, programs and partnerships. Today, we continue to be at the forefront of research aimed at preventing and treating diseases that threaten people’s lives, just as we also aspire locally to be the most-trusted partner of the Serbian Government, healthcare institutions and health workers.

Linas Libikas, JTI General Manager For The Western Balkans

Stability, Transparency And Predictability More Needed Than Ever

The increase in foreign investments in Serbia over the last few years is a clear sign that multinational companies recognise Serbia as a stable...

Milena Argirović, MD, Country Head For Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, North Macedonia And Kosovo At Takeda

We Use Data And Digital To Improve Patients´Lives And Create Better Society

Last year was a very important one for Takeda in Serbia. It was a year ago that Takeda commemorated 10 years of operations in...

Senka Aleksić, Executive Director, Shared Mobility d.o.o.

How Kinto Join And Kinto Ride Protect The Planet

Shared Mobility is part of the start of the transformation of the automotive industry as a whole and the new mobility industry. Founded in...

EPSON

Monozukuri Is The Key To Sustainable Manufacturing

In a world where the word “innovation” is overused, it is easy to forget that some of the best ideas come from old traditions...

Serbia’s Foreign Trade Increased By 31.1%

Last year Serbia's foreign trade goods exchange amounted to 66.6 billion euros and was 31.1 per cent higher than...

Djokovic’s Historic Australian Open Win Extends ‘Big Titles’ Lead

Novak Djokovic claimed a record-tying 22nd Grand Slam title on Sunday when he won the Australian Open, extending his...

Celebration Of Republic Day Of India

The Embassy of India India in Belgrade celebrated the 74th Republic Day of India on 26 January 2023 to commemorate the coming into...

Spectatular Mileston In First Boeing 767 Conversion In Europe Marked At Ceremony In JAT Tehnika

Avia Prime Group, one of the leading organizations for aircraft maintenance in Europe, consisting of three eminent companies including...

Ministry Of Mining And Energy And USAID Forge Energy Partnership

The Ministry of Mining and Energy (MoME) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) signed a Memorandum...

Serbia’s Foreign Trade Increased By 31.1%

Last year Serbia's foreign trade goods exchange amounted to 66.6 billion euros and was 31.1 per cent higher than...

Djokovic’s Historic Australian Open Win Extends ‘Big Titles’ Lead

Novak Djokovic claimed a record-tying 22nd Grand Slam title on Sunday when he won the Australian Open, extending his...

Celebration Of Republic Day Of India

The Embassy of India India in Belgrade celebrated the 74th Republic Day of India on 26 January 2023 to commemorate the coming into...

Spectatular Mileston In First Boeing 767 Conversion In Europe Marked At Ceremony In JAT Tehnika

Avia Prime Group, one of the leading organizations for aircraft maintenance in Europe, consisting of three eminent companies including...

Ministry Of Mining And Energy And USAID Forge Energy Partnership

The Ministry of Mining and Energy (MoME) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) signed a Memorandum...

Serbia’s Foreign Trade Increased By 31.1%

Last year Serbia's foreign trade goods exchange amounted to 66.6 billion euros and was 31.1 per cent higher than...

Djokovic’s Historic Australian Open Win Extends ‘Big Titles’ Lead

Novak Djokovic claimed a record-tying 22nd Grand Slam title on Sunday when he won the Australian Open, extending his...

Celebration Of Republic Day Of India

The Embassy of India India in Belgrade celebrated the 74th Republic Day of India on 26 January 2023 to commemorate the coming into...

Spectatular Mileston In First Boeing 767 Conversion In Europe Marked At Ceremony In JAT Tehnika

Avia Prime Group, one of the leading organizations for aircraft maintenance in Europe, consisting of three eminent companies including...

Ministry Of Mining And Energy And USAID Forge Energy Partnership

The Ministry of Mining and Energy (MoME) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) signed a Memorandum...
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