The European Patients’ Academy (EUPATI) is a pan-European project implemented as a public-private partnership by a collaborative multi-stakeholder consortium from the pharmaceutical industry, academia, not-for-profit, and patient organisations. EUPATI was started, developed and implemented as a flagship project of the Innovative Medicines Initiative (http://www.imi.europa.eu/), and continues to be led by the European Patients’ Forum. EUPATI has already trained over 150 patient experts on medicines development, clinical trials, medicines regulations, health technology assessment. Additionally, EUPATI provides an online Toolbox on Medicine Development which has been used by more than 3.4 million individuals, and coordinates a network of national platforms in 21 countries. EUPATI focuses on education and training to increase the capacity and capability of patients to understand and contribute to medicines research and development and also improve the availability of objective, reliable, patient-friendly information for the public.Patient involvement in R&D, strengthened by EUPATI's training and communication activities and informational resources, will make sure that patients priorities and needs are at the center in all research and development work on safe and effective new treatments, ultimately improving patient outcomes.