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EyeforPharma Patient Summit USA: Patient Engagement Insights

Q&A with the Change Makers at the Forefront of Patient-Centricity

COSMO’s senior consultant in Washington DC, Emi Yasukawa, reports on the EyeforPharma Patient Summit USA held October 2 – 3. At the two-day summit in Philadelphia, pharmaceutical industry professionals and patient advocacy groups gathered to share their insights move the industry forward.

In this article, I am honored to share insights and takeaways from three change makers. The following are three key takeaways that will help us form our next moves regarding patient engagement:

  1. The industry is shifting from working for patients, to working with patients.
    Many patient groups voiced concerns that research conducted without their direct involvement was incongruent with patient needs. Involving patients throughout the development process will give profound insights into how the disease is understood. John Linnell, a COPD patient and director of the US COPD Coalition, aptly summed this up, “If it is without us [patients], it is not about us.”
    Read John’s interview on his involvement as a COPD patient »

  2. There is synergy between patient and employee engagement.
    EyeforPharma polled the audience about their beliefs about where patient centricity begins; 70% of attendees responded that patient centricity begins from a top down and then bottom-up approach.
    Dr. Lode Dewulf, Chief Patient Affairs Officer of Servier Group, says that it is important not to create a standardized approach to internally organize for patient engagement, noting that the first step is to understand the very specific needs and aspirations of the company.
    Read Dr. Dewulf’s perspectives as Chief Patient Officer »

  3. Patient engagement involves more than patients; it involves their families, patient groups, healthcare professionals, caretakers and the community.
    Kazuyoshi Hatanaka, Chairman of Japan Partners for Patient-Centric Care (JPPaC), strives to improve pharmaceuticals for patients. Historically, patients were seen as consumers of pharmaceuticals; however, Mr. Hatanaka’s NPO is expanding the circle of patient centricity in Japan and bridging dialogue between patients, patient advocacy groups, pharmaceutical companies, and HCPs.
    Read Mr. Hatanaka’s insights on patient engagement in Japan »
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Q&A with the Change Makers at the Forefront of Patient-Centricity: COPD patient-involvement activities

John Linnell, COPD Foundation, US COPD Coalition

John was diagnosed with COPD in 2005 at the age of 50. Now, he has been serving numerous patient advocacy positions, at both national and international levels.
John is a member of the Board of Directors for the US COPD Coalition, the Executive Board of Directors for EFFORTS, and the Governing Board for the COPD Foundation PPRN (Patient Powered Research Network). John also sat as a patient reviewer for the United States Department of Defense Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program for several years. John is also finishing a study funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, entitled, “Impact of a Peer Support Program Amongst COPD Patients and Their Caregivers.” The outcomes and results are currently being prepared for publication in a peer reviewed medical journal which will list him as a co-author.

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Q&A with the Change Makers at the Forefront of Patient-Centricity: Accelerating the cultural change toward patient-centricity

Lode Dewulf is trusted as a global thought leader for patient engagement in medicine development. He currently works as Chief Patient Officer at Servier, a foundation-governed global pharmaceutical company.

Dr. Lode Dewulf

Lode Dewulf, MD, DPM, FFPM, Chief Patient Affairs Officer, Servier

When Dr. Dewulf studied and practiced medicine, he quickly realized that true engagement, with the patients and their families, are at least as important as good medicine in achieving the best health outcomes. He joined the pharmaceutical industry in 1989 to create a broader impact through medical education. Ten years later, when the internet started to grow as a new way to provide quality medical information, he took a sabbatical and co-founded PlanetMedica, Europe’s first healthcare portal. Dr. Dewulf continued in global executive leadership roles in pharmaceutical medical affairs. In 2012 at UCB, he became Chief Patient Affairs Officer, the industry’s first executive dedicated to patient affairs. Dr. Dewulf volunteers his time supporting individual patients and advising both private and public organizations about patient engagement.

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Q&A with the Change Makers at the Forefront of Patient-Centricity: Challenges and Actions Needed for Patient-Centricity in Japan

Kazuyoshi Hatanaka

Kazuyoshi Hatanaka, Chairman of Japan Partners for Patient-Centric Care (JPPaC)

Mr. Kazuyoshi Hatanaka has vast experience in the pharmaceutical industry and worked from 1968 to 2006 at Yamanouchi Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd, which merged to become Astellas Pharma Inc. He was also a management consulting professional at Hatanaka Pharma Consulting, a Professor at Kagawa University Business School Graduate School of Management, and an auditor at Toho Pharmaceutical.

Since 2014, Mr. Hatanaka serves as the Chairman of an non-profit organization (NPO) called Japan Partners for Patient-Centric Care (JPPaC), whose mission is “The needs of the patient come first”. Through his NPO activities, he is learning from survivors of intractable diseases and cancer, regarding what it is to be a patient, and how should “patient-centric medicine” be defined.

Current titles: Chairman of Japan Partners for Patient-Centric Care (JPPaC) and Specially Appointed Professor, Graduate School of Pharma Management, Japan University of Economics

Q: We have heard that your NPO, JPPaC, is a patient advocacy group that will be participating in eyeforpharma Japan. We would like to ask you about JPPaC’s activities, as well as your thoughts on your timing of re-acknowledging the importance of patient-centricity and putting it into practice as a patient advocacy group in Japan – why now?

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Kumi Sato Speaks on Communication Strategy Frameworks at COINS Retreat Camp 2019

Cosmo Public Relations Corp. President, Kumi Sato, joined the Center of Open Innovation Network for Smart Health (COINS) and the Innovation Center of NanoMedicine (iCONM) to lecture on communication strategy. The COINS/iCONM event included a series of seminars under the central theme, “Looking ahead to the arrival of globalization and the AI era.” The COINS/iCONM event was attended by doctors and researchers specializing in smart nanomachines.

Sato’s lecture was entitled, “How to Effectively Communicate – Communication Leadership.” In her presentation, she instructed participants how to consider healthcare communication strategies beyond ad hoc tactics by harnessing COSMO’s communication framework. She began by introducing how COSMO uses an “umbrella framework” to approach core healthcare communication challenges.

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Dr. Hozumi hosts SwitchPoint Shibuya, an event focused on inventive approaches to solving health challenges in Africa

Dr. Dai Hozumi, a director at COSMO, will host “SwitchPoint Shibuya” on August 31, 2019.

SwitchPoint is a movement built around diverse gatherings of the smart, the curious, and the creative from all circles of humanitarian and global development work. SwitchPoint Shibuya is a globally curated event created in a partnership between IntraHealth International, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and the Japan Center for International Exchange focused on inventive approaches to solving health challenges in Africa. The event will feature talks and performances, interactive microlabs, and a networking reception.

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COSMO PR’s Tomomi Nagasawa shortlisted for PR Professional of the Year (Agency) at PR Awards Asia 2019

Cosmo Public Relations Corp. today announced that their Deputy Managing Director, Tomomi Nagasawa, was shortlisted as PR Professional of the Year (Agency) at PR Awards Asia 2019. PR Awards Asia celebrates the most outstanding, inspired and successful campaigns, individuals and companies in Asia-Pacific’s communication industry.
Tomomi creates multi-stakeholder healthcare communication strategies to deliver the best client outcomes. She was instrumental in transforming COSMO to its current expertise in healthcare and biotech. Tomomi is also a role model for young Japanese women; she effectively wears three hats: she is the Deputy Managing Director of COSMO, she is the mother of a young child, and she is also a local politician’s wife. Balancing these vastly different duties, she exemplifies a new generation of Japanese women, who can have it all.

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Navigating the Japan healthcare landscape over the past 12 months

After nearly 60 years in business since it was established, COSMO reflects on the past 12 months of helping MNCs navigate Japanese healthcare communications.

Healthcare Communication Consulting

Healthcare communications consultancy has grown further into our core offering since we first committed to this space over a decade ago. This year, COSMO was a leading consulting agency for one of the largest M&A deals by a Japanese company.

We also managed product launches across varied disease areas and proactively communicated clinical milestones. COSMO provided English and Japanese communication services across preclinical to launch phases for both established pharmaceutical companies and upcoming biotech companies.

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ACCJ 70th Anniversary

On October 16, 2018, the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) celebrated its 70th anniversary at the Grand Hyatt Tokyo.

The ACCJ was established 70 years ago when founding ACCJ President Dennis McEvoy met General Douglas MacArthur to discuss the great potential of the ACCJ as a force for good. Since then, the ACCJ has become a primary voice in the US–Japan economic partnership and the premier foreign business organization in Japan.

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Hot debate on Health Care Issues in Developing Countries at the Global Health Forum

“Frontiers of Global Health Beyond ‘Access to Medicines’” Global Health Forum was held on February 22, 2018 at the Tokyo American Club. The global health forum was co-hosted by COSMO and Management Science for Health (MSH), a non-profit organization based in Washington D.C. Approximately 60 people, including medical doctors, pharmaceutical industry representatives, researchers, students, and officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs participated and discussed the issues facing access to medicine and medical services in developing countries.

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