The Role and Recruitment of the Chief Patient Officer

By Stephen Brengle

Each year life sciences companies become more patient-centric in their approaches to drug and therapy discovery, development and marketing, says WittKieffer’s Stephen Brengle in a recent article for Pharmaceutical Executive. One result has been the evolution of the role of Chief Patient Officer.

“The position is still nascent, though some large pharmaceutical companies such as Merck, Pfizer, Sanofi and Astellas (among others) have carved out Chief Patient Officer roles while smaller organizations are starting to get on board,” Brengle writes. “Most agree that there is still a long way to go, though there are several key characteristics/traits emerging when thinking about how to define a distinct profile for a Chief Patient Officer.” The main trait, Brengle shares, is that candidates for the CPO role must have an absolute passion for the welfare of patients and ensure that “the patient is the epicenter of critical business decisions.”

In the article, Brengle addresses key questions surrounding the Chief Patient Officer role:

  • What background does a typical CPO have?
  • What is the patient officer charged with accomplishing?
  • To whom does the CPO report?
  • Are there certain preconditions for a CPO’s success that candidates for the position are looking for?
  • What are the keys to recruiting the right person for a CPO role?

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