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Mary Elmer

Director, Patient Caregiver, Consumer Experience
Mary Elmer is the director of the Patient, Caregiver and Consumer experience at Merck. This group seeks to create an experience that engages consumers and patients in optimizing their health, wellbeing, and healthcare outcomes.

She also leads a team for global patient engagement in the office for the Chief Patient Officer at Merck & Co., Inc. This team is actively involved in bringing the voice of the patient into the drug development process at Merck through strong collaborative partnerships with patients and organizations serving patients. Mary is a board-certified nurse practitioner with over 18 years of experience at Merck, working in all phases of drug development and implementing global strategic initiatives. Mary is a member of the Global Diversity and Inclusion Council at Merck and co-leads the diversity in US clinical trials initiative, which seeks to ensure our clinical trials are representative of diverse patient groups. Mary is a member of TransCelerate Biopharma and leads a work stream on patient engagement.

Mary obtained her Master of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a Six Sigma green belt who has experience in executing organizational change and cross-company initiatives, such as implementing clinical trial data sharing at Merck, in alignment with trade organizations (EFPIA/PHRMA) and regulatory bodies