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Video of the year

Pictured: David Fajgenbaum during the "Research, Collaboration, and Remission" Time=Lives Talk at Partnering for Cures - Boston on July 12, 2017. Watch our year-in-review video.

We are grateful to have had the opportunity to engage with so many of you this year, from attending a webinar, to participating in one or both of our Partnering for Cures conferences, to serving on the Patients Count Leadership Council. We learn a lot from bringing together people with diverse experiences and perspectives, recognizing that we share a common goal: to bring more effective treatments and cures to patients faster.
For example, in 2017, we have learned:
1 Bipartisan passage of the 21st Century Cures Act can yield impressive progress.
2 Multi-stakeholder collaboration isn’t just the participation trophy of biomedical R&D…
3 … and foundations need tools to ease pain points in these collaborations.
4 Audiences in Boston and San Francisco welcomed the chance to attend Partnering for Cures in their innovation hubs.
5 Innovators want a place where they can identify potential partners, learn about current trends in venture philanthropy, and benchmark progress.
6 Research consortia – covering myriad diseases and research stages – are growing.
7 In the past five years, there has been a “gold rush” of endeavors to construct a science of patient input.
8 Stakeholders agree with FDA advancing its efforts to engage patients.
9 Most people who access their health data are just moving it from one provider to another and not using it for decision making.
10 For years, traditional definitions of value have left out the patient, and a multi-stakeholder Steering Committee is committed to changing that.

We look forward to working with you and your organization in 2018. Wishing you joyful holidays and health and happiness in the new year.

Kimberly McCleary Signature

K. Kimberly McCleary
Acting Executive Director and Managing Director
FasterCures, a Center of the Milken Institute

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