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The congress' contributors

The congress' Contributors

Nathalie Bere

Nathalie has been working with the European Medicines Agency in London for over 20 years and is currently responsible for its engagement with patients and consumers. Patients bring specific knowledge and expertise from their real-life experience of the condition and its treatment to the scientific discussions, and their contributions have led to better outcomes for everyone involved.

Over the years, she has been dedicated to creating opportunities for the inclusion of the patient’s voice in every aspect of the regulatory lifecycle of a medicine. Experience at EMA has demonstrated that it is essential to be flexible and to test and implement a range of engagement methodologies to best suit the various engagement activities.

As a steady increase in patient engagement at EMA has been observed, Nathalie will look to further strengthen these activities through constant exchanges with stakeholders in order to ensure interactions are as mutually beneficial as possible.

Speaking in:
Plenary session: Patients as teachers – a deep dive into professional education
Measuring impact of patient involvement


Learn more about Thomas Allvin

Thomas Allvin

Executive Director for Strategy and Healthcare Systems at the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA)

Thomas Allvin
Learn more about Mark Pearson

Mark Pearson

Deputy Director of Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Mark Pearson
Learn more about Carina Pittens

Carina Pittens

Assistant Professor of Patient involvement in health research, policy-making and care practice at the Athena Institute of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Carina Pittens

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Learn more about Miklós Szócska

Miklós Szócska

Former Secretary of State for Health in Hungary, Director of the Health Services Management Training Centre of the Semmelweis University

Miklós Szócska

Master of Ceremonies

Patients included

We are proud to announce that EPF Congress 2019 is Patients Included™. This means that EPF is committed to incorporating the experience of patients as experts in living with their condition while ensuring they were neither excluded nor exploited.

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