Seeing orange: a quick recap of 2017
A groundbreaking year helping patients access the latest approved medicines
Last week we had our quarterly planning day. Since it was our first one for the new year, we took a moment to reflect back on 2017 – and what a year it was!
Highlights included marching for science, moving offices, doubling the size our team, and being invited to join eight other Dutch startup social enterprises to represent The Netherlands at SOCAP17– the world’s largest annual gathering of social entrepreneurs, philanthropists and impact investors from around the globe, in San Francisco.
ALS was of particular significance to us on a personal note. All of our three co-founders have a very close connection to the disease. Bernard Muller is an ALS patient himself, whilst Jamie Heywood’s brother Stephen passed away from the disease in 2006 at the age of 37; Sjaak Vink lost a very close friend Garmt van Soest to the disease in October. There is still no cure for this awful disease, but you can bet that as soon as there is we’ll be doing everything we can to help patients access it straight away worldwide.
To our partners, investors, friends and family – thank you for supporting our mission and sharing your stories. We couldn’t have done it without you. We read all the letters and comments we receive from you, and wanted to share one from a family member of a patient, because it’s messages like these members of patients like this one that make it all worth it:
“My father is very weak because of the side effects from the medicine but he is ok, thank God. His white cell count lowered from 190,000 from the beginning of the treatment to 10,000 today!! He should be discharged from the hospital next week :) The doctors and us are so happy and hopeful.”
We have some exciting developments that we’re looking forward to sharing with you, including new medicines, new partnerships, more support for patients, and more resources. Here’s to 2018 being even bigger and bolder year as we continue our mission to improve access to the best medicines at an affordable price...bring it on!
Team members Alex (left) and Njord (right) with a lady from the Dominican Republic who came to our partner pharmacy here in Amsterdam to pick up a much needed medicine for her family member.