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The role of the patient has evolved dramatically over the past decade. Not only are patients increasingly more involved in their health care decision making, they are also passionate advocates who work tirelessly to advance drug research and development and secure a public policy environment that is patient-centric. Watch above as patient advocates discuss their journeys to diagnosis and their viewpoints on the United States’s health care system. They share their perspectives on what it means to be a patient and how they are advocating in their own unique ways to achieve a common goal: bringing new treatments to patients.


  • Paul Hastings, President and CEO, Nkarta Therapeutics
  • Julie Eller, Director, Patient Centered Strategies, Help & Support, Arthritis Foundation
  • Meghan Harpole, Nurse, Covid-19 Patient
  • Ashley Valentine, Co-Founder, Sick Cells