Susan Schaeffer

The Patients' Academy For Research Advocacy
President and Chief Executive Officer
Susan founded The Patients’ Academy for Research Advocacy in 2018 to equip patients and care partners to apply their unique expertise to inform the development of new and better medicines. She spent 15 years at biopharmaceutical industry journal BioCentury informing and educating industry stakeholders on best practices and new thinking in clinical development, regulation, pricing and access. As chief editor in 2012-18, she championed patient-centered R&D as an essential practice for translating great science into medicines that patients really want and society will pay for. Her analysis and opinion have been cited in regulatory filings and have influenced companies to explore pricing models that can improve access to healthcare innovation.