“We at Astellas want to be seen as your best resource. It’s very important to us as a company that we make this commitment real. To do that, we need to continually learn from each other and this is a wonderful venue to do that.”

That was the opening message delivered by Margaret Long, Vice President of Business Communications and Stakeholder Engagement, at our second annual patient advocacy summit in Washington, DC on April 5, 2016.

With more than 145 attendees, the summit brought together some of the most influential names in patient advocacy, healthcare and Astellas leaders to discuss the most prevalent issues related to medical innovation and patient access to quality care in the US and Canada.

The list of attendees included representatives from the National Health Council, the National Patient Advocate Foundation, ACS-CAN, Prostate Cancer Canada, the American Cancer Society, the Global Liver Institute and the AIDS Institute – to name just a few.

Specific topics addressed included the path to achieving outcomes-based, high-quality patient care, incorporating patient voice into emerging value frameworks, best practices in patient advocacy and how Astellas is leading the way in influencing positive change in the process from pipeline to patient.

The day was met with excitement and enthusiasm from our attendees. Sharon Slade, Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Cancer Research Institute said: “The most important thing is putting the patient front and center in the conversation. It was just so engaging to talk about the issues and start the conversation.”

Donna Cryer, JD, President and CEO of The Global Liver Institute, also commented on the uniqueness of the conference: “It was just an authentic, really exciting, day-long interaction – which is rare.”

By combining some of the leading minds in patient advocacy with healthcare and pharma representatives, the conference featured three panel discussions, four TED-style best practice talks and two keynote addresses – all focused on changing tomorrow for the better, together.

Annual summit brings together leaders from patient advocacy, healthcare and pharma to improve patient care

Astellas Patient Advocacy is a function within Corporate Affairs at Astellas that focuses on creating, building and maintaining third-party relationships. We serve as a conduit between Astellas and external stakeholders to help improve patient outcomes, improve access issues and address patients’ unmet needs head on.