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“Patient’s Side of the Story”: Involving patients in medical research

The latest collaboration between Servier and the Saclay Research & Development Patient Board is the podcast project with and for patients. We have now the opportunity to listen to patients from previous episodes who share with us their most important conclusions regarding the benefit of patient involvement in the medical research project.

In this episode, we discover the value for the research process but also the value for the patients as individuals. The work done by the Servier Board is also acknowledged, as well as the experiences shared with the audience.

Listen to the podcast on your favorite platform here.

Did you know?

The Servier Saclay Research & Development Patient Board has 18 patient members who represent ten different pathologies1. It works closely with our R&D teams so that patients’ views are even more effectively integrated into the new medicine research and development process.

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Through this series of podcasts, several Board members shared their individual experiences. Janet, Linda, Tamás, Oriana, Begonya, Thomas, Estelle, and Veerle told us about their diagnosis and their daily battle with disease. In each episode, they describe the roller coaster ride, their worries and their hopes… but also offer practical advice and explain how research contributes to their story. And vice versa.

Ep. 1: Janet West’s story

In 2019, Janet was diagnosed with tongue cancer and underwent an eleven-hour operation. This episode gives a strong, warm and positive account.

Listen to Janet’s podcast on your favorite platform here

Ep. 2: Linda Stone and Tamás Bercecky’s stories

Although Linda suffers from Sjögren’s syndrome and Tamás was diagnosed HIV-positive and suffers from depression, their stories share many similarities.

Listen to Linda and Tamás’ podcast on your favorite platform here

Ep. 3: Estelle Jobson and Veerle Aertsen’s stories

Estelle has endometriosis, while Veerle has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Estelle and Veerle: two women, two stories and two inspiring, engaging journeys!

Listen to Estelle Jobson and Veerle Aertsen’s podcast on your favorite platform here

Ep. 4: Oriana Sousa’s story

Oriana was diagnosed with a rare form of ovarian cancer at the age of 22. Thanks to her ingenuity, perseverance – and despite relapses, she is on the path to recovery. Oriana has been in remission for eight years.

Listen to Oriana Sousa’s podcast on your favorite platform here.

Ep. 5: Begonya Nafria and Thomas Smith’s stories

Begonya and Thomas look back at their commitment to patients, especially younger ones.

Listen to Begonya and Thomas’ podcast on your favorite platform here

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Working with patients, a priority for Servier

At Servier, we are convinced that involving patients in all stages of the medicine life cycle allows them to benefit from the best therapeutic solutions and suitable care over the course of their journey. We believe that their knowledge of diseases and treatments is essential to advancing research and innovation, and improving therapeutic solutions and care.

(1) Patient volunteers who applied to EUPATI (European Patients’ Academy on Therapeutic Innovation), an innovative pan-European initiative involving 33 organizations, led by the European Patients’ Forum with partners from patient associations, universities and non-profit organizations, as well as a number of European pharmaceutical companies.