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the medication factory of the future is the human body

The green transformation of medication with Green Horizon is food for thought

The production and purchasing of medications are significant contributors to Global Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions. The pharmaceutical sector’s mission is no different than any other sector: it must free itself from the take-make-waste paradigm. This is a complex challenge that demands an innovative approach, which is why our Life Sciences experts at frog, part of Capgemini Invent, conducted an innovative thought experiment with a prospective approach. We asked a simple question: What would medication become if we put 100% emphasis on Sustainability in the User-Centric Design Thinking scheme of desirability, feasibility, and viability?

Illustration 1: A holistic approach complete with sustainability

Our experiment yielded the Green Horizon, which envisions a greener target for medication and a roadmap to develop it. Based on previous analysis, we conducted outside-the-box thinking on how to functionalize the human body, thereby making it a medication factory. We used this Green Horizon as a tool to shape a step-by-step transformation roadmap of progressive changes while balancing environmental performance, time, investment, and costs.

Mapping the lifecycle with the impact journey

According to a 2019 report by Health Gare Without Harm and ARUP, the healthcare sector would be the fifth-largest emitter on the planet if it were a country. There is clearly much work to be done, as is evident in the breakdown of medicine’s environmental impacts below:

Illustration 2: Heat map of the environmental impacts of medication (extract)

By simply functionalizing the human body, the health sector can radically improve environmental performance and lead a revolution in the development of new medicines. This exciting potential is at the heart of our new Life Sciences paper.

The medication factory of the future is the human body – The green transformation of medication with Green Horizon is food for thought

Green horizon is food for thought

Green Horizon represents a giant leap in the right direction for companies in all industries and sectors. But for energy-sensitive sectors like healthcare and pharmaceuticals, such an approach can push the boundaries with some much-needed innovation and creativity. Industries have a crucial role to play in the social aspect of raising awareness and in the technical aspect of reducing environmental impacts.

Learn more about the transformative potential of Green Horizon in our new POV. And contact one of our experts to find out how you can begin thinking outside the box.

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