2018 Media Partners

Rebar Interactive

2017 Lead Sponsor


2017 Executive Sponsor


2017 Associate Sponsors

Be the Partner
Health Advocacy Strategies
Snow Companies

2017 Supporting Sponsor

mProve Health
US Oncology Research

2017 Exhibitors

ArtCraft Health
monARC Bionetworks

2017 Supporting Partners

Coalition for Clinical Trials Awareness
Patient Empowerment Network

2017 Media Partners

BioPharm Insight
BioPharma Dive
Clinical Leader
Life Science Leader
Pharmaceutical Online
Rebar Interactive
SciDoc Publishers
Technology Networks

The History of Patients as Partners

Five years ago, Greg Simon, who was the Head of Policy at Pfizer at the time and is now CEO of Poliwogg, asked our DPharm audience when was the last time you thanked your patients for being in a clinical trial. No one raised their hand. My immediate thought was that there was an urgent need for a conference on customer service for patients in clinical trials.

We began to research the topic within the pharmaceutical industry and received enlightening feedback: we can’t look at patients as customers, we can’t directly communicate with patients, there are privacy laws, we don’t directly work with patients, and more. We learned that often people who have direct contact with patients are not necessarily trained to work with patients to empathize with their condition and life style.

What To Do?

We knew that something drastically had to change and a paradigm shift in how the industry views and works with patients was paramount. We also realized that as researchers, we needed to start with ourselves. We needed to make that paradigm shift in who and how we do our research. With that, five years ago, for the first time we began to research directly with patients. Getting their feedback changed the way we produce our conferences and, more importantly, how we can affect positive change for patients through our conferences.

What Patient Research Taught Us

Patients taught us empathy with their disease, but also with their lifestyle and their struggles in finding and experiencing a clinical trial. In particular, we learned the vital need to:

1. Understand and incorporate the patient’s voice in designing clinical trials and developing a clinical endpoint

2. Vastly improve the patient’s entire experience in a clinical trial

The result was the first conference in how to truly view patients as partners. We are now pleased to present the 3rd Annual Patients as Partners conference. We invite you to view the agenda and let us know if you have any questions.

Best wishes,

Valerie Bowling
Executive Director
The Conference Forum