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Expanding the Science of Patient Input: Pain Points and Potential

To explore current and future challenges of patient engagement, FasterCures hosted an all-day workshop on Feb. 17, 2016, as part of its Patient Count: The Science of Patient Input program. More than 50 representatives from patient advocacy organizations and other nonprofits, biopharmaceutical and medical device companies, academia and government agencies participated.

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On the Path to a Science of Patient Input

In an April 2016 article published in Science Translational Medicine, FasterCures' Margaret Anderson, executive director, and K. Kimberly McCleary, managing director, find that momentum is building to incorporate patient preferences into the biomedical R&D system so that products and services better align with patient needs, improve individual and public health and reduce time and spending on unproductive care.

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Easing the pain of partnerships: How can we make cross-sector collaborations in R&D worth the effort?

Everyone knows that to get a discovery from bench to bedside, no one can go it alone. In today’s biomedical R&D, all stakeholders have to work with other sectors to achieve their goals. How can you deal with the pressure to have a single collaboration serve many masters? How do you get to a win-win across stakeholders? How can you minimize the pain of collaboration?