Jan Geissler an activist in patient advocacy. He is founder and managing director of Patvocates, acting as advisor on patient advocacy, health policy and social media. From 2012-2017, he has been the Director of the 'European Patients Academy' (EUPATI), which has developed patient education about medicines development processes. He is now coordinating the team that takes change of the evolution of the EU-wide EUPATI programme and leads the German EUPATI platform. He is also work package leader of the new IMI2-funded EU project HARMONY on big data for better outcomes in hematology and a patient representative in the EuroBloodNet ePAG.
After his university diploma in Business studies in the UK and Germany in 1999, Jan held various management positions in telecommunications, R&D and media think tanks before he focused his professional life on patient advocacy in 2008. Being a leukemia survivor since 2001, Jan co-founded LeukaNET/Leukaemie-Online.de in 2002, the European Cancer Patient Coalition in 2003, the CML Advocates Network in 2007 and the Leukemia Patient Advocates Foundation in 2011. In the Leukemia Patient Advocates Foundation, he acts as trustee and as member of the CML and ALAN Steering Committees. He is representing patients in various advisory boards and committees e.g. two Expert Groups of the European Commission as well as advisory boards of ECCO, ESMO, EORTC, Berlin Institute of Health and the International CML Foundation. He is also a member of the European Hematology Association's (EHA) European Affairs Committee and editorial boards of three scientific journals.
The Patient Focused Medicines Development (PFMD) group, established in 2015, is an independent multinational coalition, managed in collaboration with The Synergist. Its goal is to bring together initiatives and best practices that integrate the voice of the patient throughout the lifecycle of medicines development, thereby speeding up the creation and implementation of an effective, globally standardized framework. PFMD seeks to have a balanced representation of stakeholders to ensure transparency, inclusiveness, and credibility. Stakeholders include patients and patient organizations across diverse areas of health and industry. We also intend to invite regulators, payers and other professional organizations to the global group to ensure diversity of perspectives.
The Patvocates Network is run by activists with decades of experience in patient advocacy. We provide valuable advice, insights, experiences and connections in supporting patient engagement strategy development, stakeholder identification, system readiness and project implementation in patient organisations and other stakeholders engaging with them - regulators, ethics committees, academic institutions and organisations and the pharmaceutical industry. We focus on strengthening patient advocates activities on multiple levels: supporting patients and peers, influencing health policy, and collaborating with stakeholders in research and development. The Patvocates Network is registered in Germany and acting mainly on a European level.The Patvocates Network is both a patient-driven think tank and patient-focused consultancy in the triangle of patient advocacy, health policy and social media.
The Leukemia Patient Advocates Foundation is a patient-led non-profit foundation in Switzerland. Its mission is to improve the lives & survival of patients affected by Leukemia. It is a platform for discussions & best practice sharing to Leukemia patient groups worldwide. The foundation collaborates with all stakeholders involved in research, policy, treatment, and care. It also acts as a platform for patient organisations – concentrating on educating, connecting, and supporting patient group leaders. The foundation acts as a legal platform for self-sustained patient advocacy networks: The CML Advocates Network (116 patient organisations in 86 countries), the MPN Advocates Network, the CLL Advocates Network and the Acute Leukemia Advocates Network (ALAN).
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.
The CML Advocates Network is an active network specifically for leaders of Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML) patient groups, connecting 120 patient organisations in 90 countries on all continents. It was set-up and is run by CML patients and carers. Its aim is to facilitate and support best practice sharing among patient advocates across the world. The idea to form the CML Advocates Network was first discussed in 2005 during the 4th International "New Horizons in Cancer" conference in Dublin for CML & GIST patient advocacy groups. Since their initiation in 2002, the "New Horizons" annual conferences have become a key networking event and a platform for best practice and knowledge sharing for CML and GIST patient groups from all five continents. Presentations by expert clinicians, medical professionals and patient group organizers enable the sharing of the most up to date clinical information, of best practice in patient advocacy as well as of hands-on experience, e.g. and on how to run patient advocacy organisations. The CML Advocates Network website was then set up in 2007 to keep the international networking going also after the annual meetings, as well as to bridge geographical distances between patient leaders. The network was initiated by four patient groups from Germany, UK, Czech Republic and Israel, facilitated by an unrestricted grant from Novartis. It is run independently by CML patients and hosted by the patient-run Leukemia Patient Advocates Foundation. The website has turned out to be a very powerful tool to support patient leaders around the world, to provide a knowledge base on CML advocacy, and to facilitate best practice sharing. We welcome members from all CML patient group organizations throughout the world to become part of the CML Advocates Network!
PE Open Forum 2019
PFMD Board Meeting
Culture and Process Change as a Priority for Patient Engagement in Medicines Development - Article
12 Jan 2018
Partnering With Patients in the Development and Lifecycle of Medicines: A Call for Action - Article
12 Jan 2018
Multinational coalition focus on co-creation of meta-framework to benefit patients globally - Video
12 Jan 2018
What do stakeholders expect from patient engagement: Are these expectations being met? - Report
03 Sep 2018
Reasonable agreements between patient advocacy and the pharmaceutical industry - presentation
20 Nov 2018
Reasonable Legal Agreements between Patient Advocates and Pharmaceutical Companies (Leaflet)
20 Mar 2019
I have been running our online platform for German-speaking leukemia patients for more than 14 years, and have helped to found and grow the CML Advocates Network for more than 10 years. I am supporting CML patients on a daily basis. This keeps me close to the real need of real patients, over and above being a cancer survivor myself now for 16 years...Work in progress
I am committed to facilitate patient engagement in R&D by increasing the "system readiness" in patient organisations, academic groups and pharma to involve patient experts in a meaningful way.Work in progress
I am involved in a number of educational activities and networks that work on patient information and patient empowerment, including EUPATI, PFMD, EURORDIS, Leukaemie-Online, CML Advocates Network, Acute Leukemia Advocates Network, WECAN and many more.Work in progress