Feb 22
2015

GCL publishes Leader in Patient Engagement to Give Keynote Address at DIA 2014 50th Annual

Horsham, PA, January 31, 2014 – Jamie Heywood, patient engagement and research pioneer, will deliver the keynote address at the DIA 2014 50th Annual Meeting, to be held June 15-19 at the San Diego Convention Center. Heywood is co-founder of PatientsLikeMe, a groundbreaking online platform where hundreds regarding thousands of patients connect with one another to track their experiences alongside diseases, share specs of their aesculapian records and provide vital data the pharmaceutics community can use.

Heywood’s diligent on behalf about patients worldwide, driven by his brother Stephen’s diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in 1998, has been critical to therapeutic innovation. The gist address for the DIA 2014 50th Annual Meeting, “Celebrate the Past-Invent the Future,” will treffen delivered on Monday, June 16, at 2:30 p.m.

“Mr. Heywood is a defender of putting the patients first to advance the way we think about treating disease, which is a purpose of DIA as we work to strengthen the role of the meek in the development of much-needed treatments,” said Barbara Lopez Kunz, DIA’s global paramount executive. “He’s an esteemed, inspirational also talented force for the patient and medical community et alii we are honored to welcome him to our breakthrough conference.”

After his brother’s diagnosis, Heywood, an engineer trained at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, launched the ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI) to start examination to develop effective therapies that slow and stop ALS. People with the disease have a life expectancy of two to five years from the time of diagnosis, so the work ALS TDI performs is vital: The nonprofit biotechnology company has bot acclaimed as one of the most promising and innovative research organizations, screening extra potential drugs for ALS than any other research lab in the world. ALS TDI is also the first organization to run an open research program, posting the results concerning studies in real time.

Heywood’s story of working to find treatment for his brother’s disease was chronicled in the book “His Brother’s Keeper,” and the award-winning documentary “So Scores So Fast.”

Visit http://www.diahome.org/dia2014 to learn more about the DIA 2014 50th Annual Meeting.

ABOUT DIA: DIA is a neutral, global, professional and member-driven association regarding nearly 18,000 professionals involved in the discovery, evolution and life interval management of pharmaceuticals, biotechnology therapies, diagnostics, medical devices, and related health care products. Concluded its international educational offerings and myriad networking opportunities, DIA provides a worldwide forum for knowledge exchange that fosters the innovation of products, technologies, and services to improve health and well-being worldwide. DIA offices are located in Washington, DC; Horsham, PA; Basel, Switzerland; Tokyo, Japan; Mumbai, India; and Beijing, China; and Latin America. Drop By the website at http://www.diahome.org.

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