Sonja Marjanovic

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Director, Healthcare Innovation, Industry and Policy, RAND Europe
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Ph.D., Judge Business School, University of Cambridge

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Sonja Marjanovic directs RAND Europe’s portfolio of research in the field of healthcare innovation, industry and policy. Her work provides decisionmakers with evidence and insights to support innovation and improvement in healthcare systems, and to support the translation of innovation into societal benefits for healthcare services and population health.

Previously, Marjanovic led RAND Europe's institutional partnership with The Healthcare Improvement Studies Institute at Cambridge University. She is also a member of the Cambridge Centre for Health Services Research and is an expert advisor on innovation to the NHS England and NHS Improvement cancer programme.

Marjanovic's strengths lie in understanding the interface between health research and innovation, improved service delivery and health sector competitiveness in both developed and developing country contexts, and in relation to diverse clinical areas. She has over fifteen years of experience working on policy challenges for clients that span public, health industry and third sector decision makers. Some examples include the Department of Health and Social Care, Office for Life Sciences, NHS England, NIHR, Roche, GlaxoSmithKline, European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations, the Alzheimer’s Society, Wellcome Trust, and international foundations and institutions (e.g. European Commission).

She has also worked for the ESRC Centre for Business Research, has consulting experience in intellectual property services, and has commercial experience in business development, founding and managing a diagnostic start-up. Her academic background combines training in innovation policy, management studies and molecular genetics. She received her Ph.D. from Judge Business School, Cambridge University.

Recent Media Appearances

Interviews: BBC Radio Cambridgeshire; BBC Radio Shropshire; Cambridge 105 Radio, UK; Cambridge Independent; Horizon 2020 Projects: Portal


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    Fintech's Role in Reducing Disparities and Financial Barriers to Health Care Access

    Given the growing pressures on health care systems globally and the need for innovative approaches to financing health care, the time may be ripe to develop a robust evidence base and share learning on fintech-enabled approaches that could support universal health coverage agendas and healthier and more stable societies.

    Jul 26, 2021 The RAND Blog

  • A person getting a COVID-19 vaccine in Santiago de Chile, Chile, on August 25, 2020, photo by Rodrigo Balladares/Handout/Reuters

    Thinking Through Rapid and Scalable Rollout of Healthcare Innovations for Public Health Challenges

    The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that rapid innovation in the face of public health emergencies is possible. In only 15 months, 15 vaccines have been approved or authorized for use in various parts of the world. What thinking is required to support uniform rapid rollout for future public health emergencies?

    Jun 14, 2021 The RAND Blog

  • Patient communicates with her doctor via a laptop for advice, photo by Henfaes/Getty Images

    What Influences Quality Improvement Processes in Health Care?

    Periods of rapid change offer both opportunities and challenges for health care quality improvement. Understanding the building blocks that need to be in place to support improvement processes may help those seeking to embed improvement capabilities and capacity into their organisations, both as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

    Nov 10, 2020 The RAND Blog

  • Ventilators are stored and ready to be used at ExCel London, during its conversion into the temporary NHS Nightingale Hospital to help tackle the COVID-19 outbreak, in London, U.K., March 31, 2020, photo by Stefan Rousseau/Reuters

    The COVID-19 Crisis Has Sparked Innovation and Offers Lessons We Must Not Forget

    COVID-19 has shocked the world and caught most countries unprepared, forcing them to improvise how best to protect the health of their populations. But amid all the confusion and fear, the power of individuals, organizations, and communities to think differently and to innovate shows what can be achieved when people are united by common, clear priorities and necessity.

    Apr 1, 2020 The RAND Blog

  • Syrian refugee Omayma al Hushan (2nd R), 14, who launched an initiative against child marriage among Syrian refugees, and her friends rehearse a play about it at a school in Al Zaatari refugee camp, Mafraq, Jordan, April 21, 2016

    How Innovation Can Assist the Refugee 'Pathway'

    New ways to collaborate and coordinate humanitarian actions are needed so that refugees, host communities, and other stakeholders are empowered to create and spread innovative solutions. These efforts should consider the entire refugee pathway, not only emergency and arrival assistance.

    Jun 27, 2017 The RAND Blog

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    How to Galvanise the NHS to Adopt Innovation

    Two achievable and workable high-level approaches can help innovation take place within the National Health Service. These focus on mobilising people, and systems within the health service.

    Apr 12, 2016 The BMJ