As many big companies claim to become a “data company“ or a “platform“, it’s worth to dive deeper into the “data issue“. Take a look at Novartis, a Top10 global pharmaceutical company, that regularly causes a stir by stating that it takes and will take many efforts to become a “medicines and data science“ company. Well, data is not new to pharma. Countless studies for thousands of diseases were conducted in the past decades, so data mining is quite familiar for such kind of companies. New is the fact that they put it in the headline.