Monday, December 14, 2015

Breakthrough in Dengue Vaccination

Dengue virus's proteins

This is for the very first time that dengue vaccine is available in Mexico and may reduce hospitalization rate by approximately 80%.  Sanofi’s Dengvaxia®, is the name given to dengue vaccine and contains protection against four major subtypes and fifth one which was identified in 2013 was not that harmful as little evidence was there to support that it infects people.
Sanofi, is a french based pharmaceutical company.

The development of the vaccine required multinational clinical trials of around 40000 volunteers nd it took  lot of time to come into action.
“When Sanofi set out to develop a dengue vaccine 20 years ago together with local and global public health and scientific communities, it was with the intention of developing an innovative vaccine to tackle this global public health need,” said Dr. Olivier Brandicourt, Chief Executive Officer of Sanofi in a statement. “Today, with this first marketing authorization of Dengvaxia®, we have achieved our goal of making dengue the next vaccine-preventable disease. This is a historic milestone for our company, for the global public health community and, most importantly, for half the world’s population who lives at risk of dengue.”

Dengue is said to be a very rapidly spreading infectious disease around the globe. It's symptoms vary from flu like illness with joint pains to Hemorrhagic fever which is life threatening. The risk of this increases with patients who are re-infected with another strain. Hence, vaccination becomes a vital element.

This milestone achieved provided 60% protection against dengue with different levels of success among the four subtypes and much less effectiveness was seen in children younger than 9 years. Researchers, will though continue to follow clinical trial participants for six years to confirm the same.

“Dengue is a growing health threat in Mexico and many other tropical and subtropical countries in Latin America and Asia. The first vaccine approved to prevent dengue fever is a major innovation and a public health breakthrough. Dengvaxia ® will be a critical addition to the integrated dengue prevention and control efforts. It will be an essential tool to boost on-going community efforts to relieve the long-standing suffering that this disease continues to bring to people in endemic countries like ours,” said José Luis Arredondo García, Associate Director of Clinical Research in the National Institute of Pediatrics in Mexico City and research member of the January NEJM study.

Vaccination will be available by early next year in Mexico, and the company is still in the middle of there journey to seek vaccine approval from other nations.


Thursday, September 17, 2015

Want to grow your business- keep learning -few tips

                                        Photo Credits :  " Anne Davis 773 "

Now that I have also started Sales and marketing, will try to share few of my experiences and the way I tackle that might be of some help for few of us.

But before writing about my experience like any other sales and marketing individual let me just highlight few points. As young individuals we doubt whether we’ll be able to convince people about our idea or not or at times we tend to get nervous and can’t strike or drive a conversation. How to start a conversation? How to go about it? All these will come to an end if you persist all the confidence in this world. Just be confident in whatever you do and everything will fall in line. You will have many attempts that might not go in your direction, but one thing you should always keep up is the passion and hard work. No one can ever take away your passion, hard work and confidence from you.

In one of my first client meet with one of the Hotels chain for a corporate health tie-up. Like traditional ways, I made a call and had a talk with the respective person and somehow managed to get the email id. The next step was to send an email to tell about the facilities and to set up a meeting. But we could not move forward. There were many reasons associated with the same. Just listing down few of them, which one should avoid.

Firstly, in this digital world one should always have a good website which we did not have. This is because in your first point of interaction over phone you won’t be able to share things in detail. One could always visit your website and gather knowledge. Your website should always stay up to date with content your prospective clients might be interested in.

The next wrong step was that we never made regular follow-ups. Even if you do not receive any response, positive or negative, one should always follow up. By following-up we are just making sure that even if we didn’t make a conversion, we are at least reminding our prospects from time to time.

One should never hesitate in calling or mailing again as everyone is busy and is scheduled with so much work that they tend to forget.

Content in your email should be just enough to keep it interesting. Let your client have few queries for your meeting.

So these were few of the points that I thought could have been done. No wonder every small move of ours has knowledge and new learning associated with it. Even though we could not achieve what we wanted but according to me it was a learning experience for the next.

So stay motivated, keep learning and just be confident in whatever you do.


Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Happiness is creating short targets achieving them and not thinking about future

                                                    Photo Credits : "D Sharon Pruitt"

Every time we hear about a successful start-up or person we are either filled with admiration or a second thought which arises is that how did this happen? We think to ourselves, what is it that these people do differently? However,  we all tend to forget that all of us have the same caliber. Our mindset and efforts determine what we achieve and that's what makes these successful lot different from others. We cannot skip hard work and more opportunities will knock your doors when you put extra efforts. Keep your eyes open and grab those golden opportunities.

Just be amongst those, who lead and are talked about and not those who just wait for the turn. 
Though I loved many dialogues of this inspiring movie Maanjhi but this one I just totally adored that is "Bhagwan Ke Bharose Mat Baithiye, Kya Pata Bhagwan Humare Bharose Baitha Ho".

Make your own destiny. Stop blaming people or circumstances for what you have not achieved in your life. Self- realisation is of utmost importance. Moreover, just don't keep on thinking about an idea , you have to bring that into action. Many ideas are not converted into successful ideas because of lack of action and dedication in achieving them. As it is rightly said by Michael Jordan " Some people want it to happen , some wish it would happen , other's make it happen".

So, just need to get up , don't think about future or past, just shape your present . So neither one can change past nor  predict the future but can shape the present .



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