Industry Changing Market Trends in 2017

Heron Therapeutics, La Jolla, California

A graduate of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Dr. Erol Onel has acquired a strong clinical background and diverse pharmaceutical industry experience over the course of his career. Dr. Erol Onel currently serves as a vice president at Heron Therapeutics, a biotechnology company located in La Jolla, California.

Market trends predicted to directly impact pharmaceutical, biotech, and medical device companies include the frequency with which products are launched. While product launches can attract attention and create forward momentum for new products and innovation, this ongoing trend can also produce a lot of noise, making it difficult for products to gain attention. Pricing and the increasing cost of health care are other continuing trends requiring companies to strategize their pricing and be prepared to defend it as data-based.

Emerging markets and globalization are the market trends most likely to affect company growth and where prior preparation and planning can make the difference. Emerging markets can occur in multiple regions, with multiple time zones, and currencies. A system that automates and organizes the data visually allows leaders to access it as needed to make decisions. Global expansion is a growing trend being achieved by companies who recognize opportunities and are prepared to meet the challenges associated with new currencies, taxes, and regulations.

AUA Released Joint Guidelines on Stress Urinary Incontinence


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American Urological Association

A physician and pharmaceutical researcher, Dr. Erol Onel serves as the vice president of Heron Therapeutics, Inc. In this capacity, he works with a team of professionals as they seek approval for a long-acting non-opioid drug. Over the years, Dr. Erol Onel has belonged to several professional organizations, including the American Urological Association (AUA).

Dedicated to improving urologic care through research, policy, and education, the AUA recently released new joint clinical guidelines for the treatment of stress urinary incontinence (SUI). This condition affects nearly 50 percent of women in the United States and is signified by involuntary urine leakage due to sneezing, laughing, or other activities that increase abdominal pressure. In many cases, women opt for surgical treatment of SUI symptoms.

The AUA wrote the joint evidence-based guidelines for surgical treatment with the Society of Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine and Urogenital Reconstruction (SUFU). They include a total of 24 treatment recommendations, including alternatives to various surgical options and information about determining when additional evaluations are needed to confirm SUI. A panel of SUI experts worked on creating the clinical guideline, and it was subject to 93 peer reviews before being approved and released by the AUA and SUFU.

Lesser-Known Wine Varieties

assyrtiko wine


For the past year, Dr. Erol Onel has been providing scientific leadership to Heron Therapeutics, Inc., as its vice president. He previously served as the vice president of medical information and clinical research at Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Outside of work, Dr. Erol Onel enjoys discovering unique food and wine pairings.

Many people are familiar with merlot, chardonnay, and other common wine varieties. However, there are also several lesser-known varieties of comparable quality. Below are a few examples:

Assyrtiko. This type of white wine comes from the island of Santorini in Greece and is developed using the unique Assyrtiko grape. These grapes grow in volcanic soil and provide the wine with a mineral, dry taste. Assyrtiko pairs well with light seafood and shellfish.

– Mencia. A mild red wine, mencia comes from northwestern Spain. It has frequently been compared to cabernet franc; however, this variety is particularly rare. The vines that produce mencia grapes are notoriously finicky and often have low yields.

РPicpoul. Featuring a high acidity, picpoul is typically grown in France’s Languedoc-Roussillon region and divided into three varieties: picpoul noir, picpoul gris, and picpoul blanc. Picpoul blanc grapes are nearing extinction, and the other two varieties may follow suit due to their propensity for developing a certain type of fungus.

– Petit manseng. Despite originally being from France and Spain, petit manseng has found a home in Virginia. This grape is often harvested late in the season and produces a complex, acidic wine that features flowery flavors and a spicy aftertaste.

The First Violins

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After earning his MD from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, Erol Onel went on to become the director of medical affairs at Ferring Pharmaceuticals in Suffern, New York. Erol Onel also plays the violin.

While the first violins (called fiddle in some quarters) were an evolution of handheld stringed instruments that were played in Europe during the middle ages, experts suspect that these devices sprung from models developed in Central Asia, like the Mongolian morin khuur.

Nevertheless, the first recognizable violins are considered to have emerged in northern Italy during the 16th century. Though three string versions had been circulating since earlier in the century, a luthier named Andrea Amati built the first four string model in 1555.

The instrument was so well received by both musicians and the nobility that in 1560, King Charles IX of France ordered 24 of them. One of this set still exists and is the oldest violin in the world.