I build strategic partnerships between Pharma and Patient Groups that help guide research & access decisions by focusing on common interests. Clients are those who want to invest and leverage long term partnerships with the patient groups and bring the patient voice to the R & D table. Patient engagement is easy to say but difficult to do and not all patient groups are ready to engage in a meaningful way with Pharma. Slow initiative start up, difficulties in finding the right patients, mid project stalls and relationship management issues being some of the consequences. A capacity building approach creates a highly energized and motivated patient group who is capable of helping a company on areas of high shared concern.
Supporting pharmaceutical and life science companies who work to a “By Patients For Patients Model” my philosophy is simple: the best way to achieve specific company aims for using the patient voice is to design projects using a capacity building approach that helps the groups achieve their own objectives. They are then in a far better position to help companies achieve theirs.
Clients recognize the value of advocacy but do not have the necessary resources to do it themselves or prefer to work through a third party to develop or sustain the ongoing strategic alliance. Ideal clients are those who prefer to work with a single consultant or through a small group of experienced associates. I work with three senior consultants who can act as a sounding board, listening and learning from patient communities, in order to develop practical solutions that best meet shared objectives.