Verdant Commits Scientific Expertise to Patient Advocacy

Scientists operate in service to research, academia, and industry; but never in service to people directly. And that’s unfortunate, because scientists can offer unusually deep expertise with a range of topics spanning medicine, regulation, and business. We believe that a medical scientist makes the best possible advocate for patient care, and we’ve seen this belief reinforced by success after success. When a medical doctor and a medical scientist work in unison for the individual, it creates a focused, highly effective patient care team.

Individual people benefit immensely from having a direct channel to an expert. There is a world of misinformation swirling around the internet, and many are left wanting for an expert to help them separate fact from fiction. We help people to be more informed on complex topics, make more confident decisions, and reconcile the contents of their medical records with their own experiences. As a result, we’ve helped to improve fundamental patient care, kept people from getting lost in the system, helped patients and their doctors communicate more effectively, caught missed diagnoses, and solved countless medical mysteries.

And on a much larger scale, we’ve used our scientific expertise to cut through the noise and identify the most promising options available. We’ve used our scientific resources and expertise to conduct preliminary investigations, test  hypotheses, and propose new treatments. We’ve educated patients and their doctors on the the possibilities in frontier science (precision medicine), and how to access those possibilities.

Advocacy also requires frequent conflict resolution. We’ve used our legal expertise to lock horns with the FDA over patient rights. We’ve used our business leverage to lean on drug patent holders to get more clinical trials underway with wider inclusion criteria. And, when necessary, we’ve even used some of the pharmaceutical industry’s own moves against them.

People are passengers in a pharmaceutical engine. We can’t change that about the world, but we can certainly square up the odds in their favor. Although we understand the industry from the inside, we operate as outsiders who are not beholden to anyone but the individual. People just want to know what’s truly best for them – not what has the best patent protection, the best profit potential, or the biggest investors.

As scientists, we have the responsibility to inform, and the privilege to extend the benefit of that knowledge to others.