Client Situation

We engaged in support of a clinical stage biotechnology company that had a program in development for two, very rare, autoimmune conditions, without approved treatments, without patient organizations and a with a very fragmented patient population.

One of the conditions was a secondary disease that was often in the shadow of more common conditions which had more disease awareness. Patients with this condition didn’t have a forum to connect with and often felt their condition wasn’t validated by the absence of a patient organization.

PAS Approach

  • PAS led the creation of two independent 501c3 entities to support each condition.
  • Established independence from corporate partner through governance and built out advocacy organizations to maximize value of support to targeted patient populations.​
  • ​Elevated disease awareness, fostered patient to patient connections, and socialized clinical trial landscape.

Launch of two new non-profits led to increased trust and goodwill with the patient community.


Working in concert with the patient and KOL leaders in this condition, we established two formal, non-profit advocacy groups designed to bring patients together, elevate disease awareness, and to socialize clinical trial opportunities.
The company seeded the startup and launch of these two groups, but each organization appealed to other drug developers who had an interest in these disorders, securing additional funding and thereby establishing independence and autonomy.

With a strategic focus on trial awareness, the organization hosted educational programs that took a deep dive on the study landscape available for these patients and empowered them with information needed to make the most informed health decisions—which obviously benefited the client and their interests.

Patients who never felt like they had a support system in place finally felt “validated” and as though they could take control of their condition with an organization to engage with and belong to.

The client was subsequently acquired by a large biopharma, who described the company’s commitment to and leadership in these two disease areas as “breathtaking.”

The support now available to patients in these communities was invaluable to both patients and HCPs and both groups continue to thrive and grow, as participation with other, larger stakeholder organizations.

Key Results

  • Non-profit organization established itself as the ‘go-to’ for patients upon diagnosis for education, support and community.
  • Families with the condition now had a place and community to learn, engage and connect with others.
  • Company established itself as a leader and earned trust in the two disease areas
  • Acquisition by a biopharma partner in substantial transaction attracted by the ‘breathtaking’ investment in the respective patient communities.