Q3/2017 Dimension, what dimension?

To mark our 30th anniversary in April this year, we evaluated our various global clients for their Hofstede dimensions. Consult the respective page on our website to find out how various countries worldwide score on this socio-cultural measuring scale with respect to their power distance, indulgence, uncertainty, individualism, femininity and long/short-term orientation. These cultural and business values differ between countries and the Hofstede model helps us gain insight into the values that drive the people in various countries. Although of course they are generalizations, it helps us understand how business is done and what influences play a role.

Speaking of which, we will meet many of our global clients again at the yearly EANM Nuclear Medicine Congress in Vienna by the end of October. Radiopharmaceuticals is one of the core businesses of our company ever since these products became pharmaceuticals back in 1992 in the EU and the revival of this medical science is quite remarkably. Being almost limited to radioactive iodine and technetium back then, we currently encounter all kinds of exotic elements like lutetium, rubidium, holmium, zirconium, samarium and quite a few more to go. Not to mention all kinds of short-living cyclotron isotopes such as 11C, 13N, 15O or 18F. Only in the Netherlands already 5 (academic) hospitals nowadays own a cyclotron facility compared to none in 1992.

But not only these radio-isotopes never left my desk, earlier during the very start of my career as a pharmacist back in 1979 I already got involved in issues around plastic packagings (PVC) for large volume parenterals and ever since polymeric issues never turned away. In recent months we dealt with various packaging issues such as polycarbonate administration tubes CE marking, leachables from polyethylene plasco’s, biocompatibility of intravaginal IVD plastics, bio-degradable foils for ADD machines, and plastic generator housings for radioactive mother-isotopes. If you ever need proof for the adagium that your first professional experiences mark your entire career for decades, here it is.