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Advocate Voices

Patients are at the core of what we do

Their will, strength and stories inspire biopharmaceutical researchers to fight illness at every level. Advocates are also valuable partners in the tireless pursuit of revolutionary treatments and cures.

Patients

Everything we do is about patients

Everything we do is about patients. We're working to drive patient-centered progress in innovation, affordability and access and are pushing for necessary, positive and long-term change to better address the needs of diverse communities. Here, patients share stories around the life-changing impact of new medicines.

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    A Lifeline for Blood Cancer

    Innovative treatments are harnessing patients' own cells to power the fight against cancer. #GoBoldly
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    Meet Benjie, a Father Fighting to Protect His Son

    Meet Benjie, a Father Fighting to Protect His Son
  • Catherine Wallen

    Government Savings vs. New Medicines Isn’t a Fair Trade

    Government Savings vs. New Medicines Isn’t a Fair Trade
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    I had cancer four times; Today I’m alive because of innovation

    Justin shares his eight-year battle with leukemia and his hope for the future of cancer care.
  • Marydith Sanders

    We Don’t Need to Give Politicians Control

    We Don’t Need to Give Politicians Control
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    As an HIV patient in the 80s, I had lost all hope. Innovation gave it back.

    As an HIV patient in the 80s, I had lost all hope. Innovation gave it back.
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    Meet Valen, Double-Transplant Recipient Relying on Future Innovation

    Meet Valen, Double-Transplant Recipient Relying on Future Innovation
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    How Innovation Ended My Daily Battle with Headache and Migraine

    After 25 trials, a new migraine treatment gave Jennifer her life back after years of pain.
  • Nicole and her husband Danny at an event for Lupus Foundation of America, for which Nicole is an ambassador 

    How innovation gave me a second chance at life

    Nicole shares the story of her battle with lupus and the treatment that is giving her renewed hope.
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    Living With Limits Does Not Mean Living Without Hope

    For Mitra, living with lupus symptoms and limitations doesn’t mean living without hope.
  • Donna Matlach

    Living with severe asthma is a full-time job

    Living with severe asthma is a full-time job, and it has impacted nearly every area of Donna’s life.
  • Innovation gave me back my ability to breathe

    Gil shares his experience living with severe asthma, and the impact new treatments have on his life.
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    Why innovation is vital: My battle with C. difficile

    Simon Jenkins, who suffered from C. diff, shares his story and hope for future treatments.
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    Your Epilepsy Does Not Define You

    Epilepsy patient, caregiver and advocate Loretta Boileau has seen firsthand the benefits of innovative treatments.
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    I'm One of the Lucky Ones

    Learn about Jamie Schanbaum's near-fatal battle with meningitis, and the importance of getting vaccinated. #GoBoldly
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    I Just Want to Show Other Patients that Anything is Possible

    Jake Marrazzo, a DMD patient and advocate, shares his experience with the disease, providing a powerful story of inspiration. #GoBoldly
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    The Greatest Gift of All: Hope

    With every birthday candle blown-out, shooting star and fallen eye lash, the Lentini Family’s wish is always full of hope. #GoBoldly
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    I'm Not Going to Let My MS Diagnosis Get to Me

    After her multiple sclerosis (MS) diagnosis, Laurel Katz decided that she would not let her condition get to her. #GoBoldly
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    Pink Hair Don't Care

    Learn how one woman’s life changed when she became a breast cancer patient. #GoBoldly
  • 8 Questions with Pat Quinn, An ALS Patient and Advocate

    Raising Awareness of ALS Through the Ice Bucket Challenge

    Meet Pat Quinn, a patient and advocate living with ALS. #GoBoldly
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    Organ Donation: The Gift that Keeps on Giving

    Hear from an organ transplant patient about her journey through heart disease. #GoBoldly
  • Living With HIV: A Full and Rewarding Journey image

    Living With HIV: A Full and Rewarding Journey

    Discover how one patient's journey is educating and inspiring others to get tested for HIV. #GoBoldly
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    A Patient's Take: Monica Johnson

    Hear from a patient about her journey with juvenile arthritis and how she’s advocating for others. #GoBoldly
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    How Medical Technology Is Saving Lives

    Hear from patients how medical technology is saving lives. #GoBoldly
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    A Veteran's Victory Over Cancer

    Hear from a veteran about her victory over cancer. #GoBoldly
  • A New Age of Viral Disease Treatment: The Cure Developed by Biopharmaceutical Companies that Saved a Mother of Six image

    A New Age of Viral Disease Treatment: The Cure Developed by Biopharmaceutical Companies that Saved a Mother of Six

    Learn about one hepatitis C patient’s continued journey, thanks to a lifesaving treatment. #GoBoldly
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    Clinical Trial Provides Patient A Second Chance

    Hear from a stomach cancer patient how clinical trials helped her live beyond her diagnosis. #GoBoldly

Caregivers

Partners, Parents and Caregivers

Equally important to the fight for innovation are parents, caregivers of all types and industry advocates who give voice to the needs of others. Read the stories of those making change happen and bringing visibility to issues that might have been left unseen.

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    Advocacy and Mental Health Care

    Hear from industry leaders and a patient advocate about mental illness. #GoBoldly
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    How America's Health Care System Impacts My Family

    How America's Health Care System Impacts My Family
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    Advocate Spotlight: Amy J.

    Amy shares her fear when first diagnosed with MS, but hope in the future of medicine and support for innovation-first policies.
  • Anna M. Thumbnail

    We Can’t Fix One Problem by Creating Another

    We Can’t Fix One Problem by Creating Another
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    Breaking Barriers: Dr. Patricia Carney

    Discover how one doctor helps young women break barriers and pursue the careers and paths that inspire them most. #GoBoldly
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    Hope for a Cure Someday: Brittney D.

    Hope for a Cure Someday: Brittney D.
  • Cellular Pioneering: Dr. Jeffrey Conn

    Cellular Pioneering: Dr. Jeffrey Conn

    Learn how one pioneer in mental health research develops novel treatment strategies for brain disorders. #GoBoldly
  • Dan B.

    Share the Savings with Seniors: Dan B.

    Share the Savings with Seniors: Dan B.
  • Emily & Cooper H.

    Ensuring A Better Future For Her Child: Emily H.

    Ensuring A Better Future For Her Child: Emily H.
  • Erik Q

    Fighting for His Wife's Treatment: Erik Q

    Fighting for His Wife's Treatment: Erik Q.
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    Fighting for Reform: The Honorable Steven Leifman

    Learn how one advocate is fighting for reform for mental health inmates. #GoBoldly
  • Improving Access to Treatment: Peggy Symons image

    Improving Access to Treatment: Peggy Symons

    Learn how one woman is advocating for schizophrenia patients. #GoBoldly
  • Jake L.

    Relying on Affordable Treatment: Jake L.

    Relying on Affordable Treatment: Jake L.
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    Advocate Spotlight: Jeanene W.

    Jeanene Williams, Medicare Recipient, Caregiver and Advocate Against Price-Setting Legislation
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    Everyone Deserves Access to the Right Treatment: Lisa B.

    Everyone Deserves Access to the Right Treatment.
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    Sacrificing even one future medicine is unacceptable

    Sacrificing even one future medicine is unacceptable
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    Making Patient Care Personal

    Learn how personalized medicine is helping improve health care for all. #GoBoldly
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    VFC Profile: Olga Phillips

    Olga Phillips is a retired health care worker from Chatham County, North Carolina. She was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and came to the United States as a teenager with her mother.
  • Rethinking Psychiatric Treatment: Dr. Husseini Manji image

    Rethinking Psychiatric Treatment: Dr. Husseini Manji

    Learn how America’s biopharmaceutical researchers are rethinking psychiatric treatment. #GoBoldly
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    Innovative Therapies Made His NFL Career Possible: Rolf B.

    Innovative Therapies Made His NFL Career Possible: Rolf B.
  • Sharing Bold Advancements: Doreen Gentzler

    Sharing Bold Advancements: Doreen Gentzler

    See how Doreen Gentzler has promoted public health issues through her successful broadcast career. #GoBoldly
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    Profile: Sue Millikan

    Read more about Sue's journey from type 1 diabetes diagnosis, to positive experience with the Medicare program, to advocate for patient protections within Medicare Part D.
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    Innovator Spotlight: The Critical Nature of Innovation and Collaboration in the Mental Health Space

    Hear from patients, advocates and researchers about the importance of collaboration for mental health innovation. #GoBoldly

Researchers

Every day, an army of researchers from America’s biopharmaceutical companies fight to end disease. Their drive to find new treatments and cures is the engine behind medical achievements that help patients live longer, healthier lives. See how scientists are transforming the way we prevent and treat disease.

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    Dr. Leonardo Salese, MD
    Dr. Salese’s day-to-day work means he is constantly on the move, working to advise the extensive research process inside Pfizer.
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    Dr. Yasmeen Agosti
    At Pfizer, Yasmeen works to develop maternal vaccines that have the potential to help prevent diseases from affecting at-risk infants.
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    Gokul Swaminathan
    Dr. Swaminathan researches potential vaccines that train the body to recognize and kill a pathogen before it leads to infection.
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    Stephanie Bartner
    Stephanie’s interest in becoming a research analyst for Sanofi was personal.
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    Jirong Lu
    Jirong Lu, of Eli Lilly and Company, shares her experience seeing a medicine go from the discovery phase to the real world. #GoBoldly
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    Anita Gandhi
    Hear from a researcher specializing in blood cancers like Multiple Myeloma and Lymphoma. #GoBoldly
  • Researcher Profile: Luiz Miguel Camargo, PhD image
    Luiz Miguel Camargo
    Dr. Luiz Miguel Camargo is inspired by the fact that the advances in treatment have the potential to reach everyone. #GoBoldly
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    Amy Richards
    Amy’s father sparked her love of science as a child, and that passion inspires her work today at Sanofi.
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    Alice Walsh
    Alice from Bristol-Myers Squibb shares how she uses data to better inform how we study disease and improve patient care.
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    Craig Mickanin
    A biopharmaceutical researcher at Novartis, Craig has spent most of his two-decade career studying cell and gene therapies.
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    Dr. Ryan Moslin
    Researchers like Ryan at Bristol-Myers Squibb are making strides in lupus treatment that were impossible 10 years ago.
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    Jim Martinez, MD
    Promising results from clinical trials of CGRP inhibitors bring renewed hope for patients with cluster headache.
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    Dr. Joel Trugman
    Joel and biopharmaceutical researchers like him work to develop new therapies that prevent migraines before they start.
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    David Roth, MD
    Dr. David Roth is part of the GSK team studying lupus treatments with the hope of finding a cure.
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    Steve Yancey
    Steve Yancey and his team work to discover new and better treatments that address the needs of severe asthma patients.
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    René van der Merwe
    Biologics could bring an end to today’s “one size fits all” approach to treating asthma says René van der Merwe.
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    Roland Kolbeck
    Dr. Kolbeck led a team of researchers to develop what has become AstraZeneca’s first respiratory biologic treatment.
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    Dr. Marie-Claire Peakman
    Dr. Marie-Claire Peakman always knew she wanted to make a difference in the world.
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    Researcher Profile Rino Rappuoli
    Dr. Rino Rappuoli, a scientist at GSK, has helped pioneer vaccines that can help prevent meningococcal meningitis. #GoBoldly
  • Researcher Profile: Andrea Fanjul
    Andrea Fanjul
    For Dr. Andrea Fanjul and a team of scientists at Takeda, it's the patients and their stories that bring purpose to their work. #GoBoldly
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    Rebecca Leary
    Rebecca Leary works at the forefront of a transformational field of biopharmaceutical research known as precision medicine.
  • Researcher Profile: Christina Kiley image
    Christina Kiley
    Learn about Dr. Christina Kiley’s work to develop new therapies that target areas of high unmet need.
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    Eddy Han-Burgess
    Eddy Han-Burgess, a researcher at UCB, is helping find the right epilepsy treatment for the right patient at the right time. #GoBoldly
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    Henrik Klitgaard
    Dr. Henrik Klitgaard has dedicated his life to pursuing new and better treatments for patients with epilepsy.
  • Researcher Profile: David Cobden image
    David Cobden
    Learn about what America’s biopharmaceutical companies are doing to ensure we can continue to afford innovation. #GoBoldly
  • Researcher Profile: Michael Pride image
    Michael Pride
    Learn about Dr. Michael Pride, a Pfizer scientist working on preventative vaccines for Clostridium difficile (C. difficile). #GoBoldly
  • Researcher Profile: Niranjana Nagarajan image
    Niranjana Nagarajan
    Dr. Nagarajan's area of focus is immunology, which examines the way in which the immune system responds to external threats. #GoBoldly
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    Nils Lonberg
    Dr. Lonberg calls this a historic time in cancer research, with immuno-oncology at the forefront. #GoBoldly
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    Doug Williamson
    Dr. Doug Williamson works to develop improved treatments to help the millions of Americans living with a mental health condition. #GoBoldly
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    Jay Fine
    Boehringer Ingelheim's Dr. Jay Fine is one of the researchers helping create a new generation of skin disease treatments. #GoBoldly
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    Jane Owens
    Dr. Jane Owens, a senior director in Pfizer's Rare Disease Research Unit, shares her experiences researching DMD. #GoBoldly
  • Researcher Profile: Rajeev Venkayya image
    Rajeev Venkayya
    Dr. Venkayya's work is driven by his desire to create vaccines treatments that can save countless lives in a cost-effective way. #GoBoldly
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    Axel Hoos
    Dr. Axel Hoos, a senior vice president at GSK leads a team of biopharmaceutical researchers in the area of immuno-oncology. #GoBoldly
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    Victor Sloan
    Throughout his career, Victor Sloan, MD, has played an active role in searching for a treatment to rheumatic diseases. #GoBoldly
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    Carla Canuso
    One of the biggest challenges mental health patients face is stigma around mental illness and substance abuse, Carla Canuso says. #GoBoldly
  • Researcher Profile: Ted Johnson image
    Ted Johnson
    When Ted lost his mother to colon cancer, he felt a personal inspiration to get involved in research to make a difference. #GoBoldly
  • Researcher Profile: Maysoun Shomali image
    Maysoun Shomali
    For the last 20 years, Maysoun Shomali has dedicated her life to researching and developing cancer therapies. #GoBoldly
  • Researcher Profile: Eva Kohegyi image
    Eva Kohegyi
    Learn what drives one researcher to discover better treatments for neurological and psychiatric diseases. #GoBoldly
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    Tim Reilly
    Hear from a cancer researcher about his work to transform treatment for oncology patients. #GoBoldly
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    Kelly Knee
    Discover what drives one researcher to discover better treatments for sick cell disease. #GoBoldly
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    Wayne Drevets
    Learn what drives one researcher to develop treatments for better mental health. #GoBoldly
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    Brian Johns
    Learn what drives one researcher to develop treatments that transform the lives of HIV/AIDs patients. #GoBoldly
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    Laura Michael
    Learn how Dr. Laura Michael’s family history helped shape her research path toward type 2 diabetes. #GoBoldly
  • Researcher Profile: Ian Reynolds image
    Ian Reynolds
    Hear from one researcher committed to changing the lives of patients with neurogenerative diseases. #GoBoldly
  • Researcher Profile: Paul Nioi image
    Paul Nioi
    Meet one biopharmaceutical researcher making an impact to end heart disease. #GoBoldly
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    Matthew Kennedy
    Meet a biopharmaceutical researcher who has devoted nearly 20 years to curing Alzheimer’s. #GoBoldly
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    Pablo Sardi
    Meet one biopharmaceutical researcher who is driven to end Parkinson’s. #GoBoldly
  • Researcher Profile: Jennifer Allport-Anderson image
    Jennifer Allport-Anderson
    Learn what drives one researcher to discover new treatments for cardiovascular metabolic diseases. #GoBoldly
  • Researcher Profile: Salim Mujais image
    Salim Mujais
    Learn what drives one researcher to improve the lives of transplant patients. #GoBoldly
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    Tom Marsilje
    Hear from one researcher who is living with his own cancer diagnosis. #GoBoldly
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    Christina Trout
    Discover what drives one researcher to revolutionize treatment for cancer patients. #GoBoldly
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    Darryle Schoepp
    Meet one researcher who has dedicated his career to treating neurological diseases. #GoBoldly
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    Eric Rubin
    Learn what drives one researcher to revolutionize treatment for cancer patients. #GoBoldly
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    Kevin Grove
    Discover how one researcher’s family history drives him to treat obesity differently. #GoBoldly
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    Dan Skovronsky
    Learn what drives one researcher to develop innovative treatments for Alzheimer's patients. #GoBoldly

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