Research and development have always been the engine powering the advance of medicine. In fact, research in Health Sciences is the branch of science which absorbs the most economic resources, since it deals with the greatest preoccupations that human beings face: maintaining health, curing diseases and saving lives.
It is highly probably that no other field of science has progressed as much in the last 100 years as medicine has. The tools and resources used by doctors at the beginning of the 20th century laid many of the foundations on which modern medicine is based, yet they bear little or no resemblance to the arsenal of both pharmacology and technical equipment to which today’s health care professionals have access.
However, this is not enough. There are still many challenges to overcome, and our level of knowledge in regard to how our own bodies function is a long way from being complete. We know more, and we have more weapons for fighting against diseases, but we are dealing with a long-distance race and we are still a long way from the finishing line.
Major challenges to be overcome in research and development in biomedicine.
Today, we can achieve remarkably high cure rates in many types of cancer and give hope to patients who only a few decades ago would have had no hope at all, but we cannot cure everything, nor can we cure in all cases. It is essential that research and development projects continue.
The same is true with regard to cardiovascular diseases, infectious diseases such as HIV and hepatitis C, and even conditions that are as common yet as dangerous as flu: an illness which in Spain claims thousands of victims a year from the most vulnerable members of the population. Although we have developed vaccines, we are still not capable of curing flu.
On top of this, the advance of medicine in itself creates new challenges which must be tackled. A rise in life expectancy has led to a surge in incidences of degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and age-related macular degeneration (AMD), one of the main causes of blindness, to give only two examples.
Further evidence that research and development must not be halted can be seen in the emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. For many years, we thought that we had a sufficient amount of antibiotics, but bacteria have continued to evolve (and indeed, we have accelerated this process through the excessive use of antibiotics). As a consequence, they have developed resistances which trouble the scientific community greatly, forcing scientists to go back to working against the clock to address this particular challenge. In addition to these, there are many hundreds more examples of challenges which we can only overcome through further research and development.
Medical technology is also crucial.
The focus of research and development in Health Sciences is not only on discovering new drugs. Technology is also a basic pillar, both in the application of these drugs and in the treatment in itself of many ailments. One need only enter into a modern operating theatre, an Emergency Room or the ICU of any hospital to see that technology is everywhere, in both the context of surgery and in any other department of the hospital.
In this sense, arcomed is a pioneer in research and development in infusion technologies, being entirely devoted to this area and working in close collaboration with healthcare professionals at all times. We know that many new intravenously administered drugs are highly demanding in terms of dosage and times, and for that same reason we are continuously working to offer clinical staff the technological response to these demands. At arcomed, research and development is not only our engine: it is also our passion. We would like to invite you to discover what arcomed can offer your hospital in terms of safety, efficiency, cost reduction and improved quality of patient care.