Lazard Releases 2019 Global Healthcare Leaders Study

– Pricing and reimbursement pressure remains a top strategic
challenge –

– Innovation in science and technology, new healthcare delivery
models, data and analytics, and value-based pricing models expected to
transform industry –

Pricing and reimbursement pressure and the need for
innovation continue to drive strategic activity –

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Lazard Ltd (NYSE: LAZ) today released its second in-depth study
of strategic challenges and opportunities in the global healthcare
industry, surveying C-level executives and investors in the U.S. and
Europe across three sectors: Pharmaceuticals and Biotech; MedTech; and
Healthcare Services.

The results of the 2019 Global Healthcare Leaders Study echo the
concerns that healthcare executives expressed in 2017 on the need to
address rising cost trends with value-based pricing models and
scientific innovation. This year’s results, however, showed an increased
focus on the potential impact of technological advances in artificial
intelligence, machine learning and data analytics.

“Healthcare business leaders still view pricing pressure as the greatest
strategic challenge to the industry,” said David Gluckman, Co-Head of
Lazard’s Global Healthcare Group. “They have told us that they are more
focused than ever on innovation in science, technology and risk-sharing
pricing models as ways to meet this challenge.”

“Respondents also believe that data analytics, artificial intelligence
and machine learning will have transformative effects throughout the
healthcare industry, though their impact remains more expected than
extant,” said Peter Orszag, Co-Head of Lazard’s Global Healthcare Group.

The study offers a variety of insights, including the following selected

  • Pricing and reimbursement pressure and the need for innovation are
    driving strategic activity among healthcare companies. 72% of industry
    leaders expect to see an increase in partnerships, collaborations and
    joint ventures over the next 18 months.
  • 76% of healthcare industry leaders surveyed believe that
    non-traditional competitors will have a meaningful impact on the
    healthcare market over the next 3-5 years.
  • Pharma/biotech executives’ top priorities when evaluating M&A
    targets are: enhancing long-term growth (41%), strengthening current
    technology or accessing a new technology (41%), and strengthening a
    therapeutic area (33%).
  • While views remain mixed on the effective use of data analytics or
    “Big Data,” more healthcare services executives believe it is being
    used effectively (54%) than not (46%). The majority of respondents
    (59%) agree that the integration of data – clinical, medical claims,
    socioeconomic data, drug claims – is more important than having access
    to any one type of data.
  • More than half (56%) of MedTech leaders believe Big Data will
    increasingly influence physician behavior through the integration of
    imaging, diagnostics, patient records, and clinical decision support.

The Global Healthcare Leaders Study surveyed 387 C-level executives and
72 healthcare investors in the U.S. and Europe. C-level executives
included CEOs, CFOs, and senior executives involved in
strategic decision-making. Respondents were chosen to represent a
statistically significant mix between subsectors including Pharma and
Biotech (170); MedTech (77); and Healthcare Services (201).

The Global Healthcare Leaders Study reflects Lazard’s approach to
long-term thought leadership, commitment to the sectors in which it
participates, and focus on intellectual differentiation. An executive
summary of the Study is posted at

Lazard’s Global Healthcare Group advises senior executives and boards of
directors on strategic M&A, corporate preparedness, capital advisory,
and other strategic and financial matters. The group is active in all
areas of the healthcare and life sciences industry, including
pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, healthcare services, and medical devices.

About Lazard

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acquisitions, strategic matters, restructuring and capital structure,
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