Patient-led Research Networks

Eager to speed the pace of clinical innovation, many patient groups fund or operate drug discovery and development programs. These groups’ in-depth understanding of the unmet medical needs of patients and carers, their up-to-the-moment knowledge of the research and development landscape, their connections to thought leaders, and in many cases their candidate portfolios can enhance companies’ business development and licensing efforts.

Why MK&A?

MK&A has pioneered the definition and development of PLRNs. To learn more about PLRNs and how MK&A can help you attain your business goals through partnerships with PLRNs, download our white paper below.



What you can expect

  • Trusting relationships that lead to early notification of new developments
  • Sight lines to pipelines of promising therapeutic approaches and experimental agents
  • Data and insights on patient and providers’ preferences and unmet medical need
  • Opportunities to learn from the best minds in the field
  • Useful competitive intelligence
  • In- and out-licensing candidates


Suite of services

To help a company maximize the benefit of engaging with patient-led research networks, MK&A also offers:

Strategic consultation

Tailored workshops to identify optimal outcomes and pathways

Assessment of PLRNs

Using our signature digital assessment platform, LEAD, we assess and prioritize networks best aligned with business needs, including a list of assets of interest to the company

Novel engagement approaches

Innovative ways to meet and assess PLRN assets: e.g., a “pitch and partner day” where priority groups are invited to learn more about the company and present their best assets

Tactical engagement plans

Detailed opportunities for extended engagement to further assess value of assets and in- or out-license as appropriate

Expert roundtables

Collaborative discussions to help advance therapeutic targets

Structural preparedness

Training on patient reported outcomes, evaluating company goals in and planning for patient centricity, building strong and compliant advocacy relations. Standard operating procedures for BD&L’s interaction with PLRNs

Ready to Get Started with MK&A?

We’re ready to help you find common interests with patient, consumer and professional groups.

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