Highlights from Partnering for Cures
FasterCures convened the eighth annual Partnering for Cures conference in New York, bringing together innovators across all sectors of the medical research enterprise. The discussions were solutions-oriented, the speakers were inspiring and the energy was palpable. The meeting featured panels, workshops, one-on-one interviews, Time=Lives talks, dozens of roundtable discussions and plenty of time for partnering meetings and informal networking. Here are just a few of the highlights below.
Francis Collins was awarded the first FasterCures Partner of the Year award at Partnering for Cures. Collins also moderated "Big Science: Does More Mean a Better Future?", a discussion about using "big science" for advancing disease research.
“It’s not just about prevention, but about precision health," said FasterCures Margaret Anderson during "New Frontiers in Preventive Medicine: From Faster Cures to Faster Health."
"How do we bring all parties together to think about privacy, security and the resulting information to avoid harm?" said Aneesh Chopra, who served as chief technology officer during President Obama’s first term. Chopra guided the discussion Making Waves: Trends and Technologies Transforming Health and Research.
"All hands on deck. Metacollaboration is what we need to drive us forward," said Pfizer Chief Medical Officer Freda Lewis-Hall, who moderated "More than a Seat at the Table: Creating a Culture of Patient Engagement."
"Patients don't fail drugs. Drugs fail patients," said Ron Cohen, president and CEO of Acorda Therapeutics, during "Tools of Engagement: How Patient-Centricity Can Advance Product Development," a rapid-fire panel in which speakers shared how they have used patient data to develop patient-centered outcome measures and endpoints, patient-preference studies and more.
"When you can use data to take better care of yourself — that's what matters to patients," said diaTribe Foundation President Kelly Close, during "New Frontiers in Preventive Medicine: From Faster Cures to Faster Health," discussing how behavior is key to wellness.
How can the physician heal herself? As a pediatrician, Dr. Janet Sollod didn't often deal with end of life. But she had been trained, like all other doctors, to keep people alive at all costs while trying to do no harm. When she was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer, this distinction came into focus, she said during the Time=Lives talk "Optimistically Approaching the Abyss." Trying to stay alive while facing her own mortality, Sollod challenges you to think about your own life.
Now is the time to take a look at the incredible opportunities the president-elect will have to promote biomedical innovation. This session featured senior leaders from politics and government debating the evolution of the biomedical sector with a focus on the implementation of innovative policies in the president's first 100 days, first year and first term. FasterCures, through its initiative "Rx for Innovation: Recommendations for a New Administration," brought together the views of more than 150 stakeholders from across the ecosystem in candid interviews.