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Sixth Annual BIO Patient and Health Advocacy Summit Concludes Today

Sixth Annual BIO Patient and Health Advocacy Summit Concludes Today

10/04/2017

Sixth Annual BIO Patient and Health Advocacy Summit Concludes Today

Expanded program brought more networking, connecting and partnering.

For the past six years, the BIO Patient and Health Advocacy Summit has brought together a diverse group of organizations including patient advocacy, health care providers, academia, government, think tanks, professional societies and the biotechnology industry to focus on bringing the patients’ voice to the drug development process.

Concluded today, this year’s event offered the nearly 240 patient groups, companies and organizations new ways to connect, strategize, learn and partner. For the first time, BIO One-on-One Partnering™ was offered to facilitate face-to-face meetings among attendees. Engagement was high with more than 80% of total available meeting space filled during the event.

Another workshop added to the event, explored personalized medicine, a growing field within the health sector.

“We have long recognized the importance of bringing all voices into the healthcare ecoysystem. The BIO Patient and Health Advocacy Summit is now a must-attend event for patient groups and others to share ideas, collaborate and keep the momentum going,” said Dr. Julie Gerberding, Executive Vice President and Chief Patient Officer for Merck and Co-chair of BIO’s Patient Advocacy Committee. “While adhering to BIO’s Guidelines for Patient Engagement, we continue to engage with these essential partners in the development of life-saving treatments and we are grateful this forum provides a way to encourage thought-provoking discussion.”

A Fireside Chat with Dr. Theresa Mullin, Director, Office of Strategic Programs for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration was moderated by Marc Boutin, the Chief Executive Officer of the National Health Council. Among other topics, Mullin highlighted the ways that patients, industry and the FDA can work together to advance the patient’s perspective in regulatory decision making.

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