CAMBRIDGE, Mass.— May 13, 2013—PatientsLikeMe and the nonprofit Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research Participation (CISCRP) announce a new partnership with global healthcare leader Sanofi (NYSE: SNY) to raise awareness about the benefits of participating in clinical trials. The partnership will focus on: spotlighting “Medical Heroes” (those who “give the gift of their participation in clinical trials” to advance medical knowledge); increasing patient awareness about clinical trial opportunities; and advancing PatientsLikeMe’s mission to accelerate research by analyzing patients’ real-world disease experiences.
The partnership will utilize the PatientsLikeMe’s Clinical Trial Awareness tool to match patients with relevant Sanofi clinical trials and CISCRP’s educational materials to inform patients and their support network about the clinical research process. Through the tool, patients can search for and be notified about trials based on age, sex, disease or condition, and location criteria.
As part of this collaboration, the clinical trial tool on PatientsLikeMe will become part of Sanofi’s clinical trial recruitment process for a range of conditions, including asthma, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and oncology. Additionally, the partners will work together to raise awareness among doctors of the benefits of clinical trials for their patients. This collaboration adds to CISCRP’s expansive outreach and education channel, including clinical research and health professionals, disease advocacy groups and patient communities.
“Tens of thousands of people are actively engaged in monitoring their health and sharing their experiences on PatientsLikeMe,” says PatientsLikeMe Co-founder and Chairman Jamie Heywood. “They’re not just helping each other, but contributing directly to research. They are heroes in the truest sense, ideal partners for medical discovery, and the best source for real-world, real-time evidence.”
“An integrative approach that combines patient education with recruitment communication is essential to engaging informed study volunteers,” says Ken Getz, CISCRP’s founder and chairman. “We’re very excited about our involvement in this groundbreaking collaboration.”
PatientsLikeMe is a patient network that improves lives and a real-time research platform that advances medicine. Through the network, patients 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 that help researchers, pharmaceutical companies, regulators, providers and nonprofits develop more effective products, services and care. PatientsLikeMe is a trusted source for real-world disease information and a clinically robust resource that has published more than 30 peer-reviewed research studies. Visit us at www.patientslikeme.com or follow us on our blog, on Twitter or via Facebook.
The Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research Participation (CISCRP), now in its ninth year is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating and informing the public, patients, medical/research communities, the media, and policy makers about clinical research and the role each party plays in the process. CISCRP provides a broad portfolio of products and services to educate and engage patients and enhance the participation experience. For more information about CISCRP’s educational initiatives visit www.ciscrp.org.