Patients Involved – HIV R&D Collaboration

Last update: 11 July 2023


An R&D collaboration between the European AIDS Treatment Group, European Liver Patients Association, Treatment Action Group, and Janssen R&D.

Description of the case

Patients were involved as follows:

  • Protocol design and review.
  • Informed consent form (ICF) review.
  • Participation in Drug Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB).
  • Participation in Investigator Meeting.
  • Building capacity in the area of Health Economics.

Janssen initiated also a collaboration with the London School of Economics and a tailor-made educational program was constructed for the EATG members. Afterwards, the course was handed over for further capacity building within their organisation without further company involvement.

Type(s) of patient (advocates) involved

  • Patients / parents with personal disease experience.
  • Expert patient / patient advocate with good expertise on disease, but little R&D experience.
  • Expert patient / patient advocate with good expertise on disease and good R&D experience.

Benefits of patient involvement

Thanks to this collaboration we obtained:

  • More targeted development.
  • Better understanding of real needs for research and development.
  • Faster study enrolment.
  • Closer contacts between R&D experts and beneficiaries (motivational benefit).
  • Better outcomes for patients.

Challenges and barriers

In disease areas outside HIV, professors and experts not always in favour of having patients on board.

We have discussed with them and showed EATG success example as model.


Need to structure the process to ensure continuing process beyond individuals.

Patient literacy needs to be ensured to optimise feedback.

Ability to replicate this collaboration across more patient groups and advocates to increase knowledge on different topics, amongst other, Health Economics.



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