August 16th, 2016

Advancing Technologies Raise Issues for (Re)insurers

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

Here we review GC Capital Ideas posts on advancing technologies that are creating new opportunities and new risks for (re)insurers.

Nanotechnology: The Plastics of the 21st Century: Many scientists view nanotechnology as the revolutionary technology of the 21st century. Just as plastics were a pervasive and revolutionary product of the 20th century, nanotechnology products are having widespread use and change our lives in a myriad of ways. This technology has quickly evolved into a global force that is transforming manufacturing, medicine and an ever increasing number of consumer/food goods. The field has become a worldwide market worth an estimated USD 1 trillion and is projected to grow at a rate of 16.5 percent through 2020.

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New Economics Are Creating New Medicine: Predictive analytics or predictive medicine uses patient-specific data and enables a more customized, precise approach for patient-specific treatment. With the insight this provides, biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical device companies can partner to provide better care, improve compliance, lower readmission rates and drive improved outcomes. This can lower unnecessary and ineffective treatments and decrease the overall cost of care. However, taken to an extreme scenario, life science companies could invest in developing much more specific treatments for very small cohorts of affected patients. These focused therapies could be extremely expensive and would be wildly impractical without the intersection of new technology and new economics.

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