In July of 2011, while contemplating my relocation to Sweden from the UK, I wrote an opinion piece for The Chemical Engineer (issue 841), UK-based journal, published by the Institution of Chemical Engineers. In it, I described how the future of healthcare would be based on personalised treatments and digital technologies and that they would be more prevalent in the delivery of new medicines. Nine years on, where are we?

Digital Therapeutics Alliance (www.dtxalliance.org) defines digital therapeutics (DTx) as those that deliver evidence-based therapeutic interventions to patients that are driven by high quality software programs to prevent, manage, or treat…


I attended a seminar a couple of weeks ago on cultural differences and diversity. This was organised by an internal team, and delivered by peers. All of the information was taken from existing presentations that were provided by our HR department. The room was full. There must have been about 60 people in the room. I was sitting in the back row. And I looked around. And I smiled. I was the only brown face in the room.

Diversity, I know, comes in many forms. But…when corporations and business talk about diversity what do they really mean. Do they truly…


The beach was a mess. So much clutter remained, after the tide had been unwillingly dragged back into the sea earlier that morning. The ridges left in the sand. Bits of seaweed and pieces of shell littered the length of the beach, some perched precariously on top of the ridges. In the valleys between, nature’s rubbish. Crisp packets, sandwich wrappers, and cola bottles. Mementoes. Little presents left by people who had visited. …


The world may look a bleaker and darker place today. Significant parts of the US and, back in the summer, the UK, peered into the abyss, and thought…fuck it, and jumped in. Feet first and eyes closed. The ramifications of these monumentus events are only just starting to be felt. Time will tell how the US and UK will evolve, and how the rest of the world will adjust.

Right now. We wait. We focus on what and who is around us and what is in our control. Our families. Our friends. Our work. Our hobbies. 2016 has been tough…


I have sat through, and been part of, a number of changes in the organisation I work for. I have heard the company use the word diversity as a way to promote change in our organisation. We need diversity. Without diversity there would be no new ideas. Just the same old, same old. Human beings need diversity to evolve. If there was no diversity in gene pool, then we would still be wallowing around in the primordial soup, with no idea that things could be better. With no ideas at all, in fact.

So, why are organisations, and societies, actively…


Why do we bemoan the things that are not there or not included? What is it about those things that are missing that engenders such emotion in us? Recent news about new tech that comes with so much, but is missing something. Like a smartphone without a headphone socket? Or a games console that can’t play UHD Blu Ray? What is it about the things that are missing that genders such fervour? Is it because those things that are missing represent a change? A change we are not willing to accept immediately? …


Talking to people, during the day, often offers up opportunities to put up a mirror in front of you. An opportunity for some self reflection. I have had many such occasions. Not sure why, but maybe it is because I am not very confident in myself and I am not really sure of who I am, so I am always searching for ways I can understand myself. One way I have found is to look at how I interact with people.

Every day I find that I am questioning myself and my decisions. Thinking, how could I have approached that…

Parminder Bansal

A British Indian living in Gothenburg, Sweden, looking at a blank page. Just waiting for inspiration…

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