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Peace in strength.  Like the mighty oak that has survived some 600 years in what is now my back yard, we engage with experience and resilience.  Whether the winds blow hard or the sun shines bright, we go on, deeply rooted and stretching for the heavens.

Strength in peace.  Many challenges of the world, and Pharmaceutical R&D, grow out of mere misunderstandings.  We seek to enhance mutual understanding and peaceful cooperation toward shared objectives.

- Peace and Strength by Kevin Freiert

Salem Oaks Presents: a podcast sharing the human stories behind the medicines

004 Donald Kirsch: Getting to Know a Drug Hunter

Dec 10, 2019

We’ve all been there. You are at a party and someone asks, “So, what do you do?” Dr. Kirsch always found it hard to explain his career as a discovery scientist. He decided to write a book about it.  The Drug Hunters: An Improbable Quest to Discover New Medicines is a colorful, fact-filled narrative history of…

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Episode 3: Hope Can Be Curative.

Nov 18, 2019

David Pearce Ph.D., Sanford Research Leader Today we hear from David Pearce, PhD, President of Innovation and Research, Sanford Health and Vice Chair, Consortium Assembly, International Rare Disease Research Consortium (IRDiRC) Dr. Pearce’s rare disease background emanates from publishing over 100 research papers on Batten Disease. David talks to us about…

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Episode 2: Kyle Bryant: Remember Why We Are Doing All This

Oct 9, 2019

We welcome Kyle Bryant of the Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA) to discuss his journey as a patient with Friedreich’s Ataxia (FA), as an active patient leader, and in his job as a liaison between the FA community and researchers. After being diagnosed with FA when only 17 years old,…

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Episode 1: David Fajgenbaum, MD, MBA, MSC, FCPP

Sep 25, 2019

Chasing My Cure: A Doctor’s Race to Turn Hope Into Action We are honored to have Dr. David Fajgenbaum as our first guest on Improbable Developments. His story is intense. Before he even earned is medical degree, he was faced by a rare life-threatening illness for which there was no…

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Welcome to Improbable Developments!

Sep 1, 2019

In this, our first episode, Kevin lays out the objectives and plan for the Improbable Developments podcast. He also shares a personal story about a medicine he worked on earlier in his career.

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News & Publications

Resources are Great, But…

By Jamie Roger | Apr 3, 2019

Resources are great.  But what if you don’t know that they exist, or where to find them? Patient foundations are an invaluable collection of resources for their respective patient groups. They offer support, various libraries of information and disease facts, resources (financial, medical, community oriented, mental health services, etc.) and,…

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Open Water: Selecting a Research Project

By Kevin Freiert | Mar 25, 2019

The second module in our series on Decision Making in Pharmaceutical Research and Development will dive a little deeper into the decisions about selection, funding, and support for Research Projects. The underlying goal of our new course is to help equip you to be an effective part of a Research Team. Are you ready?

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Bringing Hope to Patients as Partners

By Kevin Freiert | Mar 16, 2019

At Patients as Partners, our panel spoke about HOPE and asked the audience to think about a few questions.
–What is the power of hope?
–How much is hope worth?
–How much value do you create each time you give or receive hope?

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Confidence is Key By Guest Author Dillon Head

By Jamie Roger | Jan 22, 2019

In life, you’re given a gift; confidence. What you do with that gift is up to you and only you. In my life I have also been given a few other “gifts” that I didn’t ask for, opened, and now I have to deal with them. At age 15 or…

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Salem Oaks Reaching High in 2019 

By Kevin Freiert | Jan 8, 2019

“The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.” Ralph Waldo Emerson  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…

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Salem Oaks Consulting Announced as Platinum Sponsor at Third Annual Patient Experience Symposium May 1-3, 2019

By Heather McCullen | Dec 11, 2018

Salem Oaks Consulting Announced as Platinum Sponsor at Third Annual Patient Experience Symposium May 1-3, 2019 Official Event Hashtag: #PatientExperience, Twitter @patientexpsym BOSTON – (December 11, 2018) The Patient Experience Symposium is pleased to announce Salem Oaks Consulting as a Platinum Sponsor.  This highly acclaimed conference, being held May 1-3, 2019 at…

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Helping Patients Influence R&D

By Kevin Freiert | Dec 6, 2018

Healthcare is rapidly changing.  Patients, their families, and their advocates are playing a bigger role in decision-making about their care.  In addition, the biopharmaceutical industry is realizing that patients can make a valuable contribution to the entire R&D process.  They are looking for patients (and others) who can influence the…

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Happy Thanksgiving from Salem Oaks

By Heather McCullen | Nov 22, 2018

At Salem Oaks we have a lot to be thankful for this year. As a young company everything feels new, but the people we’ve connected with already feel like old friends. We’re especially thankful for everyone who has helped test our offerings, participated in our surveys, or gave us guidance…

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