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KAROLINSKAINSTITUTET
a medical university
CMI Corporate Database
 Development of a new tool for healthcare company analysis 
Jonas Lundberg
SupervisorAssociate Professor Carl Johan SundbergStockholm2001Master thesis in medical science with a major in biomedicineCentre for Medical InnovationsKarolinska InstitutetSweden
 
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Contents
SUMMARY....................................................................................................................................3
 
ABBREVIATIONS........................................................................................................................4
 
DEFINITIONS...............................................................................................................................5
 
PURPOSE OF THE THESIS.......................................................................................................8
 
INTRODUCTION.........................................................................................................................9
 The biotechnology industry in Sweden...............................................................................9Technology Transfer at Universities...................................................................................9A corporate database as an analytical tool.........................................................................10Thesis disposition..............................................................................................................11
MATERIALS AND METHODS................................................................................................12
 B
UILDING A
D
ATABASE
..............................................................................................................12Data analysis......................................................................................................................13Database Integrity..............................................................................................................14L
EGAL ASPECTS
..........................................................................................................................15CMI C
ORPORATE
D
ATABASE
1.0...............................................................................................16CMI C
ORPORATE
D
ATABASE VERSION
2.0.................................................................................19
What information do we need about companies?..................................................................19
 Company information........................................................................................................19Classification of companies...............................................................................................20
Structure................................................................................................................................22
 
Creating new forms................................................................................................................22
 
Creating a search function....................................................................................................25
 CMI C
ORPORATE
D
ATABASE
2.0 - P
ROBLEMS AND SOLUTIONS
.................................................27
The problems.........................................................................................................................27 
 
The solution - creating a relational database........................................................................28
 Relational databases...........................................................................................................28Relations in CMI Corporate Database 3.0.........................................................................28A new search function.......................................................................................................29Making analysis – exchanging information with Excel....................................................32
RESULTS.....................................................................................................................................33
 T
HE
U
SEFUL
T
OOL
– CMI C
ORPORATE
D
ATABASE
3.0..............................................................33User interface.....................................................................................................................33A
NALYSIS OF TWO EXAMPLES
.....................................................................................................38Companies owned by Karolinska Instutet.........................................................................38R&D Biomedical companies in Sweden...........................................................................41
DISCUSSION...............................................................................................................................43
 
REFERENCES ............................................................................................................................46
 
 
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Summary
Strategic decision-makers in government, universities and companies sometimes need to analyse thedevelopment of the biomedical industry in Sweden. For this purpose it is necessary to have a toolthat facilitates storing and further analysis of data. The Technology Transfer units at the universitiesalso need such a tool to be able to do an optimal job.This thesis describes the creation of a database tool at Karolinska Institutet. The development wasdone through three versions of the database, with the first two being based on a simple databasemodel and the third and final of a more complex relational model.
The conclusions of this project are:
When creating a corporate database for analytical and practical use the following considerationsshould be made:1. Analyse which other alternatives that exists than to create your own database. It is possiblethat it is simpler and cheaper to use a paper based system or an existing database.2. Evaluate which data you need to store in the database.3. Analyse how you will be able to make the database complete and valid (have integrity) andhow to present information about database integrity to the users.4. Make a detailed study of how the data is comprised to know how to store and split up theinformation in as small data units as possible.5. Draw an information flow chart to understand how data will be treated and presented in thedatabase.6. Use a relational model for all complex databases and carefully plan what different tables thatyou need to have. Information shall only be stored once in a database.7. Create the database structure before creating forms and reports for the user.8. Create an open structure so that changes easily can be made later. It is difficult to knowwhich information that users want to store and use in the future.9. Make the user interface simple and stable so that novice users can perform desired tasks andprevent misuse of the database.10. Evaluate the structure and the user interface continuously during the development by lettingthe end users use beta versions of the database.11. Create a search function which automatically displays the different criteria that users canbase their search on.12. Store person particulars in a legal and ethical manner.13. A database needs to be updated continuously. This requires a good administrator interfaceand also that there is a plan on how to finance the costs of updating of the database.CMI Corporate Database 3.0 is a useful tool for analysis of company analysis. It is completeregarding the companies owned by KI Holding AB and can be used for various types of analysiswhen more company information has been collected. It needs structural improvement by:
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Splitting some data to smaller units (e.g. store names of persons as given andsurname in two fields and not as the full name in one field)
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Performing user tests make the right improvement so that the graphical userinterface becomes more easy to use.
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Introduction of different access levels to prevent misuse and to enable publicationon the internet.
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Automatically creating graphs to display various information in an easier way to theusers.

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