Philipp von Gallwitz

Steffen Stürzebecher,
SVP Head of Innovation Unit Specialty Therapeutics, Grünenthal

 

 His passion for patients' needs and real innovation is as admirable as is his sharp intellect and his understanding of the science, providing for a blend of capabilities and attitude that make "business" equally enjoyable for colleagues and business partners. One always feels his determination to succeed, paired with the patience that our business needs, the preparedness and energy to deal with foreseeable and non-foreseeable hurdles keeping the motivation high at all times as a contributor to a project and as a leader.

 

His vision of a patient centric approach to pharmaceutical development, in particular in rare and orphan diseases, together with the implementation of a concrete series of patient focused events has created a momentum that our company is still benefitting from.

Susan Stephenson
RN BSN CCRN Independent Rare Disease Pain Advocate and Consultant
N. Chesterfield, VA USA:

 Philipp possesses all the many skills needed and essential for bringing  together patient organizations and their KOLs  into the limelight of industry!

 

For more than 30 years, I have promoted genetic diseases and pain awareness as a health professional with a genetic disease and chronic pain. I fully appreciate how crucial the needs for patient organizations and the mediation required by people like Philipp,  highly capable of collaborating, organizing, and following through, all essential to ensure the patient voice is heard, understood,  and brought directly to the industry.

 

For three years, I witnessed Phillip's commitment to patient organization collaborations. His skills, talents and abilities are exactly what patient organizations need --- and precisely what the industry requires,  to help bring  new ideas for treatment modalities into fruition.

Andreas Reimann

Horst Mehl
past-president and currently honorary president of Mukoviszidose e.V.,
the German Cystic Fibrosis Association.

 

During his time as CEO of Mukoviszidose e.V., the German Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Association (2002 – 2014) and Managing Director of our research affiliate, Mukoviszidose Institut GmbH (2006 – 2015), I got to appreciate Andreas Reimann. I am a father of a son living with CF and I am grateful to what Andreas has contributed to the lives of CF-patients and their beloved ones.

 

Andreas could combine a human attitude and professionalism to the benefit of the patients. He helped fostering the association to an even higher reputation, both nationally and internationally. He managed to raise awareness in the public and fostered support in health-policy for the objectives of CF-patients. This again helped bringing CF into the focus of research and medical care. Thanks to his prudent financial management and his good relationship to major donors, the association could raise sufficient funds to foster research and therapy and to promote important international projects. Andreas always had the impact on patients and relatives in mind when making research and care a priority of our activities. He also encouraged patient activists in the association and co-operated with pharmaceutical companies on eye’s level always keeping in mind that transparency and independence of the patient-organization must never be compromised with.

 

How much he cared about all people living with rare diseases is underpinned by his volunteer work as vice-president and later on as president of ACHSE, the German umbrella organization for rare diseases.

 

If one day we manage to overcome CF, Dr. Reimann has contributed his share. He reminded decision makers in Germany on their responsibility on the life of patients living with severe chronic diseases

Rachel Jones

Dr Jenny Royle
Senior patient-centricity programme leader of Cancer Research UK, on panel facilitator Rachel Jones

 

Rachel always impresses me with the way she has organised and facilitated the focus groups we’ve run together. With topics ranging from science and new technologies, through to patient and healthcare issues, her underlying knowledge, genuine enthusiasm, and natural empathy and understanding of people shines through.


Rachel interacts with patients and their families with both tact and ease, ensuring that we end up with networks of people engaged and wanting to be involved. She has an ability that I think is rare to find: naturally picking up on peoples non-verbal as well as verbal meanings very quickly.


This means that she understands implicitly when (and how) to ask for more information, or when people need a break – the result is a group where everyone (including myself) leaves feeling valued and the information shared is easily translated into knowledge.

Siobhan Southam
Global Communications Lead AstraZeneca

 Rachel is an exceptional blend of scientist, business leader and customer-focused individual. During my decade long working relationship with her I am always impressed by her ability to quickly grasp challenges at a conceptual level. She is differentiated by her skill at delivery and bringing people together to ensure projects always deliver to time and with much good humour along the way! A true people person, she thrives in organisational situations that others might find tricky, embracing change and challenge herself and ensuring that others benefit and grow as a result of their work with her. Rachel’s passion for patients and indeed all customers shines through and she is always careful to consider internal and external needs across all project deliverables. It has been my pleasure to partner with Rachel within the Medical Affairs department at AstraZeneca”