What does it mean to be a ‘Know-How Exchange’ forum for a pharma company?
How can a company gain access to information that could help it win a competitive edge?
The answer is both, according to the latest round of research from the KnowledgePoint Forum, which has been hosted by the National Institutes of Health.
The research was published this week in the Journal of Business Ethics.
“This is a way for companies to gain access that is different than the other channels,” said David Linn, vice president for policy at KnowledgePoint.
“There is no one type of forum.”
The most common types of forums for pharma companies are the company forums that have been around since the early days of the Internet, such as LinkedIn or Google+.
Those have allowed companies to share information and connect directly with each other, but also provide a forum for others to post about their businesses, Linn said.
But in the past, it’s been a bit of a struggle to get companies to accept the forums, he said.
“A lot of companies have been hesitant to use the forums,” Linn told ABC News.
“It’s difficult to get a company to accept a forum that’s not really their platform.”
Linn said the new KnowledgePoint forum will allow companies to build their own networks and to share data more openly than they have been able to in the previous version of the forum.
It also includes a feature that allows users to search and compare topics to see which topics are being discussed the most.
The company also plans to offer more data on topics and to offer insights about topics, such an understanding of how consumers respond to products, the company said.
In a press release, the Knowledgepoint Foundation said the Knowledge Point Forum will allow users to “use their voice, to be heard, and to be the arbiter of knowledge.”
The foundation is a nonprofit research group that works to improve access to healthcare.