We dare to imagine a world in which people are equipped to collaborate to successfully shape the health ecosystem of the future. All parties involved are going to need to learn to work together in brand new ways to make this vision a reality. Salem Oaks exists to help them learn.
There is a major shift occurring in healthcare today. Patients have access to more information than ever before and they are using this to become influential partners with the doctors, pharmacists, scientists, and other experts. Unfortunately, after years of working in healthcare silos, healthcare professionals, industry, and patients, along with their caregivers, have forgotten how to talk to each other, let alone work together. Salem Oaks works to help people understand each other.
We were established based on some core beliefs. We believe that:
-Patients become experts in their own disease.
-The vast potential of that expertise is not being applied to the development of new medicines.
-Those patients deserve to be at the table throughout the R&D process.
-Companies really want those patients’
-There is a gap between the two that must and can be filled by preparing both to work together
We create educational experiences that will prepare patients, parents, caregivers, and advocates to have a bigger impact on the course of their health and the health of others through their active participation in developing medicines. We build the knowledge, skills, and confidence required to have a real impact. We want to bridge the gap between scientists who chose to enter the field and patients who did not.
We deliver these experiences through partnerships with the non-profit organizations that these patients rely on. Our goal is to strengthen the reputation of these non-profits as the best independent source, the first port of call for patients seeking to find out more.
For Academic Institutions
We work with schools to shape curricula that will develop the next generation of biotech professionals. We go beyond the scientific and technical training to provide contextual education that will position young researchers for exciting and fulfilling careers. We teach these researchers to respect, trust, and seek out patient insights in their work.
At the same time, we work with biopharma companies, vendors, and other firms to help them understand the patient and caregiver landscape better. We use our growing relationships with patient organizations together with deep knowledge of the industry to provide and apply insights that others cannot.