PatientsLikeMe and Genentech enter into research collaboration; Genentech’s Komathi Stem to speak at 2014 Convergence Summit
PatientsLikeMe and Genentech entered into a research collaboration that is the largest of its kind to date, setting the stage for future partnerships that will help advance medical research and promote patient care. PatientsLikeMe, an online network for patients consisting of some 250,000 people with chronic diseases, has given Genenetch, a San Francisco biotechnology company bought by Roche in 2009, full access to PatientsLikeMe’s database for five years.
PatientsLikeMe co-founder Ben Heywood expressed his hope that the information shared by users of the network who have created communities representing as many as 2,000 conditions within the system will help the life sciences industry identify unmet patient needs and generate medical evidence. “As we try to shift to patient-centered health care, we have to understand what [patients] value,” says Heywood.
Komathi Stem, Senior Director, Product Development and Innovation Lead at Genentech will be speaking at the 2014 Convergence Summit on “Curating for Outcomes.” See the full CSummit14 agenda here: http://bit.ly/1mQ0NAr