Welcome To Salem Oaks

Committed to working with patients, their advocates, biopharmaceutical companies, regulators and other stakeholders
to develop educational tools that help patients bridge the gap between themselves and Biopharma R&D.

The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Introducing Salem Oaks

 “You have cancer and I am not able to treat you.  You are going to need to see a specialist.” It was official, I was a cancer patient and now had to begin one of the most terrifying and intense learning journeys I had ever been on.  That was over 20 years ago.

Salem Oaks was born out of that journey and shaped by my 30-years working in Pharmaceutical R&D.

I remember feeling like there was an invisible team working on me.  I taught myself how to relax and even nap between multiple tests and discussions with an oncologist, surgeon, cardiologist, nurses, and radiologists.  I never got to see all of them in one room. It was as if I was not even part of the team.  I wasn’t.

A Better Way

We dare to imagine a world in which people are equipped to collaborate to successfully shape the health ecosystem of the future.  All parties involved are going to need to learn to work together in brand new ways to make this vision a reality.  Salem Oaks exists to help them learn.

There is a major shift occurring in healthcare today.  Patients have access to more information than ever before and they are using this to become influential partners with the doctors, pharmacists, scientists, and other experts.  Unfortunately, after years of working in healthcare silos, healthcare professionals, industry, and patients, along with their caregivers, have forgotten how to talk to each other, let alone work together. Salem Oaks works to help people understand each other.

We were established based on some core beliefs.  We believe that:

  • Patients become experts in their own disease.
  • The vast potential of that expertise is not being applied to the development of new medicines.
  • Those patients deserve to be at the table throughout the R&D process.
  • Companies really want those patients’
  • There is a gap between the two that must and can be filled by preparing both to work together
For Patients

We create educational experiences that will prepare patients, parents, caregivers, and advocates to have a bigger impact on the course of their health and the health of others through their active participation in developing medicines.  We build the knowledge, skills, and confidence required to have a real impact.  We want to bridge the gap between scientists who chose to enter the field and patients who did not.

For Non-Profits

We deliver these experiences through partnerships with the non-profit organizations that these patients rely on.  Our goal is to strengthen the reputation of these non-profits as the best independent source, the first port of call for patients seeking to find out more.

For Academic Institutions

We work with schools to shape curricula that will develop the next generation of biotech professionals. We go beyond the scientific and technical training to provide contextual education that will position young researchers for exciting and fulfilling careers.  We teach these researchers to respect, trust, and seek out patient insights in their work.

For Industry

At the same time, we work with biopharma companies, vendors, and other firms to help them understand the patient and caregiver landscape better.  We use our growing relationships with patient organizations together with deep knowledge of the industry to provide and apply insights that others cannot.

It is Time

Technology has been outpacing the healthcare ecosystem’s ability to keep up, Salem Oaks is poised to help build and rebuild the relationships between stakeholders.  We are working to understand why the gaps exist and developing solutions to close them.  The roots we establish in these early days will prepare us for branching out in the future.

Our Vision

A world in which people are equipped to collaborate to successfully shape the health ecosystem of the future

Our Mission

To offer all people involved in healthcare the tools to work together to develop better treatments for a wide range of diseases. 

  • We offer education and opportunities for practice to build confidence for patients, and their support networks, with the goal of increased collaboration and changing the current healthcare climate. 
  • Likewise, we offer other healthcare stakeholders expert consultation and education to improve their ability to recognize and work with patients as partners. 
  • We facilitate connections among our growing network of patients and their support, industry, and solution providers.

Our Values


People are the answer to solving the most difficult medical problems.


People’s unique perspectives and experiences are extremely valuable.


Education and practice can help people communicate, contribute, collaborate, and take full advantage of all the expertise to develop better solutions.