There is a general desire for increased involvement of patient organisations in collaborative healthcare projects, as they bring experience, knowledge and real-life assessment to the table. What are the benefits of creating partnerships that cross scientific, academic, advocacy and industry spheres? How early should patient organisations be involved in R&D efforts? How do patient organisations influence the way collaborations are carried? What are the favoured R&D tools involving patients at research scale and what is their acceptance?

Poul Sorensen - Allero Therapeutics
Rebecca Canter - Dementia Discovery Fund
Nick Hicks - Chase Partners LLC
Jane Meijlink - International Painful Bladder Foundation
Berthold Hinzern - Bayer Pharmaceuticals

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