UCB on Epilepsy and Collaboration
On this week’s episode I hosted CEO/Founder of Health Connect South, Russ Lipari, and Chris Clark, Portfolio Strategy and Intelligence, Epilepsy at UCB, a pharmaceutical research and development company with a US location in Smyrna, GA. It’s been three years since I first met Russ when he joined me as a guest on the Top Docs Radio show to talk about Health Connect South and its genesis as a platform for collaboration among healthcare organizations in the region.
At the time, it was thought the primary approach to fostering introductions and the partnerships/collaborations that would follow would be via meeting events throughout the year. Over time, the platform has grown to include the weekly Health Connect South Radio show, regional educational events with subject matter experts, and a developing digital environment that will provide another means for organizations to share what they are doing, talk about resources they need, and potentially link up with partners that can meet them.
The primary needs of Health Connect South has relating to resources are funding and health care experts who are willing to support the initiative by making themselves available as thought leaders who can share information that will promote advances in healthcare outcomes for our communities. Historically, HCS has been funded primarily through event attendance fees. In order to insure sustainability and growth of this useful healthcare platform, the organization is actively seeking financial benefactors who will provide endowments or other ongoing funding beyond what is achieved through HCS events.
The 2016 Health Connect South event is fast-approaching—September 21, at the Georgia Aquarium’s conference facility. This year’s focus will be featuring health leaders talking about how they are working to tackle the World Health Organization’s Top 10 Disease States affecting large populations around the globe. Listeners of the show can take advantage of the promo code: RadioX and receive a discount on their registration fee.
Russ shared how UCB has been one of the first partners in making Health Connect South become a reality and they continue to do so today. Chris explained the work UCB is doing to develop medications to address a number of challenging health problems, particularly neurologic and immunologic ones such as epilepsy and rheumatoid arthritis.
More info soon!