AstraZeneca and PatientsLikeMe announce global research collaboration

Posted: 13 April 2015 | Victoria White

AstraZeneca and PatientsLikeMe have signed an agreement to provide AZ with access to PatientsLikeMe’s global network to shape future medicine development…


In a major step forward to make patient-centric evidence a cornerstone of scientific discovery and development, AstraZeneca and PatientsLikeMe have signed a five-year agreement to provide access to PatientsLikeMe’s global network in support of AstraZeneca’s patient-driven research initiatives.

PatientsLikeMe is a patient network that allows patients to connect with others who have the same disease or condition and track and share their own experiences. In the process, they generate data about the real-world nature of disease. PatientsLikeMe has more than 325,000 members.

AstraZeneca will use patient-reported data from PatientsLikeMe to shape future medicine development and help improve outcomes across its main therapeutic areas, with an initial focus on respiratory disease, lupus, diabetes and oncology.

Agreement marks a significant step in PatientsLikeMe’s mission to make patients ‘true partners in science’

“Understanding what patients are experiencing every day and how they define the value of their treatments are fundamental to our ability to push the boundaries of science in developing the next-generation of medicines,” said Briggs Morrison, EVP Global Medicines Development, AstraZeneca.

“Our partnership with PatientsLikeMe will help us to harness the important perspectives of patients through their advanced technology and real-world, real-time evidence to support our research and development programmes.”

Ed Godber, Executive Vice President of Life Sciences Ventures, said the wide-ranging collaboration with AstraZeneca also marks a significant step in realising PatientsLikeMe’s mission to make patients true partners in science.

“It’s rare to find a partner so committed to listening to and integrating the patient voice into the heart of its scientific development and operations. We’re excited to work together to transform the discovery and healthcare model and develop products and services tailored to what patients experience and truly need.”

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