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Hype Cycle for Life Science Research and Development, 2019

Published: 02 August 2019


Life science CIOs are now implementing their organizations’ digital R&D vision, leveraging technologies to more efficiently develop drugs, devices and digital therapies. Use this Hype Cycle to identify innovation opportunities, create value and cement your place in the broad healthcare ecosystem.

Included in Full Research

  • What You Need to Know
  • The Hype Cycle
  • The Priority Matrix
  • Off the Hype Cycle
  • On the Rise
    • Digital Trials
    • Prescribed Digital Therapeutics
    • Cell and Gene Therapy Platform
    • eSource
    • Trial Automation
    • AI-Enabled Material Informatics
    • Immersive AR/VR/MR Experiences in Life Science
    • AI Augmented Safety Vigilance
    • IoT-Enabled Laboratory
  • At the Peak
    • RWE in Clinical Research
    • Augmented Analytics
    • Wearable Devices for Clinical Trials
    • Blockchain in Life Sciences
    • Machine Learning
    • 3D Printed Drugs
    • Clinical Trial Data Transparency
    • Lab Apps
    • NLP
  • Sliding Into the Trough
    • Genomics Medicine
    • SaaS-Regulated EDMS
    • Adaptive Trials
    • Patient Communities for Trial Recruitment
    • 3D Bioprinting for Life Science R&D
    • SaaS LIMS
    • Enterprise Laboratory Informatics
    • SaaS ELN
    • Semantic Knowledge Graphing
    • Compliant GxP Cloud Services
    • Insight Engines
    • Centralized Monitoring/RBM
    • RWD-Based Studies
    • Precompetitive Alliances
  • Climbing the Slope
    • Enterprise IP Management
    • Innovation Management Technology for Product Development
    • Text Analytics for Scientific Research
    • Pharma PLM
    • eTMF
    • Clinical Resource Management
    • E-Clinical Platforms
    • Structured Content and Component Authoring
    • ELN
    • Global Regulatory Information Management
  • Entering the Plateau
    • Scientific Analytics Platforms
    • Medical Devices — PLM
  • Appendixes
    • Hype Cycle Phases, Benefit Ratings and Maturity Levels

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The Hype Cycle: Understanding the pitfalls and opportunities of innovations

How does a Gartner Hype Cycle™ work?

A Gartner Hype Cycle provides an objective map that helps you understand the real risks and opportunities of innovation, so you can avoid adopting something too early, giving up too soon, adopting too late, or hanging on too long. Every Hype Cycle includes five phases:

The innovation trigger starts when an event, like a technological breakthrough or a product launch, gets people talking.

The peak of inflated expectations is when product usage increases, but there’s still more hype than proof that the innovation can deliver what you need.

The trough of disillusionment happens when the original excitement wears off and early adopters report performance issues and low ROI.

The slope of enlightenment occurs when early adopters see initial benefits and others start to understand how to adapt the innovation to their organizations.

The plateau of productivity marks the point at which more users see real-world benefits and the innovation goes mainstream.

The Hype Cycle is more than just a diagram. You also get:

Evidence-backed insight

Hype Cycles tap into deep research, surveys and conversations with technology suppliers and Gartner clients.

An analysis of objective and value

The y-axis measures expectations. The x-axis relates them to the proven value of that innovation over time.

A long-term view

It often takes between three and five years for an innovation to move through the Hype Cycle, but some fall off along the way.

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We benchmark pricing against the market so you avoid unnecessary charges.

Reduce complexity and risk

We analyze contract terms and conditions to protect you against future price increases and unanticipated costs.

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