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Every day, medicine access delays cost lives.

About us

We are a social impact enterprise. We believe in Health, Freedom and Opportunity.

We help people everywhere in the world access the latest medicines not available in their countries. We are an independent medicines intermediary platform and international pharmacy sourcing each medicine for named patient compassionate use and are overseeing every aspect of the shipping, customs and delivery. To date, we have supported patients from over 90 countries with access to thousands of life improving medicines. Our mission is to give everyone in the world access to the best medicines, regardless of where they live.

Our roots

TheSocialMedwork was founded by experienced social healthcare innovator Sjaak Vink, amongst others also co-founder of myTomorrows, together with James Heywood, scientist, big-data expert and co-founder of Patients Like Me; Bernard Muller, founder of Project MinE and Treeway and Katrin Schepp, Attorney-at-Law. All of them are intrinsically motivated to improve the health system for patients: Sjaak lost friends to cancer and ALS, James lost his brother to ALS, Bernard is an ALS patient himself and Katrin lost her father to cancer.

“I was representing a group of European patients who were lobbying for faster approval of a breakthrough cancer medicine which had already been approved in the US.

By the time it was approved in Europe, they had all passed away.

It was then that I knew these fragmented, arbitrary, and unnecessary drug delays were something that needed action to improve.”

- Sjaak Vink, CEO and Founder

Our philosophy

Promoting the right to freedom of access

At TheSocialMedwork, we believe that individuals have the right to freedom of access when it comes to health. We are committed to empower you with your physician to make treatment decisions that are not restricted by who you are or where you live.

Global medicine access systems are fragmented and contain significant barriers that can delay and restrict access to medicines for years. These barriers are driven by local variations in regulations, manufacturer choices, approval agencies, local health authorities and reimbursement systems. Collectively, this results in disparities in the access to new potentially life improving or life saving medicines that can have significant consequences for patients that might benefit from them.

Our mission is to enable patients with their physicians to overcome these barriers and get appropriate and efficient access to the most effective medicines for the personalized treatment of disease.

With every patient we serve, we flag and illuminate the gaps in access for regulators, manufacturers and health systems so they can contribute and improve their own processes to more effectively serve everyone.

We are passionate about equal access to medicines for all. We recognize that additional barriers remain for many, including access to information, and the ability to afford medicines. We are committed to ultimately ensure access is truly fair.

If you as a physician and patient seek the right treatment for you that does not exist where you live, we are here to serve you.

Our mission

At the heart of our approach is true patient-centricity. This is more than ‘putting patients first’ – we believe in empowering people to have every available option ready when they consult a healthcare professional. Nobody should suffer from the inability to access the latest scientific and medical breakthroughs because of their location. Therefore it’s our mission to create an open door to health innovations for patients and physicians around the world.

We strive for a world where everybody, no matter who they are or where they live, has equal and fair access to the latest and best healthcare. Because we firmly believe that good health enables personal freedom and opportunity.

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Our horizons

01 Patients have better health and wellbeing

Our first horizon encompasses engaging and helping patients access life extending medicines - medicines that can better their quality of life.

This is our current platform where we have made great progress over the past few years. We have reached and helped patients from all corners of the globe, from countries we never thought possible, and substantiated our goal of providing them with access to the latest, elsewhere-approved medicines.

02 Stronger, healthier and more inclusive communities

Within the second horizon our focus is to start the ground work to building an ecosystem infrastructure. One that will slowly bring together pharma, health care professionals and innovators.

Our focus for the next three years is to fortify our advocacy network by working together with doctors, nurses, families and caregivers - ultimately supporting more and more patients who need our help, from all around the world. By building the infrastructure for a new ecosystem, we will allow all pharma and health innovators to equally contribute, collaborate, and foster an arrangement where everyone works together.

03 Society is healthier and happier

Within the third horizon, we aim to evolve into a new health ecosystem that empowers humans around the world to come up with integrated solutions and empowers humans around the world to come up with integrated solutions and a comprehensive, collaborative approach to solving the problems we are facing in the healthcare landscape.

The ‘grand finale’ for global society is aimed at establishing an ecosystem for everyone. We firmly believe that health is the new wealth. And human dignity does not allow haves and have-nots. We will evolve into an ecosystem where everyone acknowledges illness and passionately collaborates to find health management solutions that work for all.

Within this new ecosystem, we empower health innovators to work together with patients, communities, associations, doctors, caregivers, pharmaceutical companies, health technology companies, payers and governments. Our ecosystem will allow these different stakeholders to attain new heights and discover never-expected solutions to the world’s equal health challenges. Which is much needed. Because Health, Freedom and Opportunity are basic human rights.

Our plan

We are constantly striving to keep growing and working towards our dream of improving health access globally. Our operational plan has seven distinct growth phases:

Our values

We are compassionate, outspoken, trailblazing and we deliver awesome.

Compassionate

First and foremost we are driven by compassionate action. Towards patients when we understand their individual needs and circumstances and strive to help them and their doctors access their medicines regardless of any obstacles. Towards everyone working in healthcare and innovation as we understand their struggle to balance economic needs and contributing to a healthier world. And towards our families, our friends and our colleagues. We strive to put the needs of others before ours and leave a positive and lasting impact.

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

- Mahatma Gandhi

Outspoken

We are outspoken in the way we spread our dream and mission and in the way we speak up against injustices around us. In global health as well as every injustice humans and this world are facing.

We are outspoken in the way we fight and strive to contribute towards building a better world for everyone. We do this by speaking our minds and being honest and candid, come what may.

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

– Martin Luther King

Trailblazing

We are trailblazing in the way we think and find solutions, in the way we approach problems and obstacles and in the way we build a healthier world. We do things differently. By thinking out of the box we challenge the status quo. Because we are convinced that the new way forward towards a better world and a healthier future for all can only be achieved through a curious, creative, entrepreneurial and pioneering mindset.

“Logic brings you from A to B, imagination brings you everywhere.”

- Albert Einstein

Deliver awesome

We are eager to deliver awesome in everything we do. In the way we support our patients and their doctors from around the world and in the way we try to achieve our goals. Our passion and discipline drive us to deliver excellence in every detail.

We strive to go above and beyond the expectations set for us by patients, health professionals, stakeholders and everyone around us.

“Excellence is a continuous process, not an accident.”

- Abdul Kalam

We strive to be completely transparent

Read about our licenses, impact, shareholders and more on our Transparency page.

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