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Recognizing Patients Who Inspire Us


  • Posted by Katelyn Snider, U.S. Communications & Public Affairs
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    At UCB, we innovate to bring differentiated solutions with unique outcomes that help specific patients achieve their goals. To do this, we always start with the patient – listening to their experiences, what they value, and what their needs are – keeping them at the heart of everything we do. In honor of Patient Recognition Week, check out a few stories that inspire us to continue to invest in research, expand our scientific understanding, and deliver solutions that provide patients the best individual experience.

    Chelsea, who found the inspiration to thrive with non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis (nr-axSpA) shared, “My jade plant worked ardently to grow new roots—just as it took great effort for me to find my voice as a person with nr-axSpA. Today, my jade plant is four feet tall. We are both flourishing. Like the jade plant, I’ve grown strong roots, showing my resilience despite this disease. Yes, I have my limitations, but I’m determined to inspire others to stand strong, too.”

    And Spencer, in talking about what it’s like to experience a seizures cluster says, “When I’m having a seizure it’s like my body is out of my control, and if I try to fight it, my body fights back.” After struggling for many years, Spencer finally found the right mix of daily medications to regularly avoid seizures, and for the last seven years, he has had seizure control. Spencer is pursuing his studies in journalism as a sophomore in college.

    Finally, UCB’s Joy Avery, who is able to tap into her own experience as a patient in order to help UCB focus on what matters to patients. She says, “Hope and understanding has always allowed me to keep moving forward. Though this journey is not over, I am at a much better place. Although I still experience complications from time to time, I am hopeful that life will continue to get better and that one day we will find a cure. Working in an environment where I constantly strive to better understand and serve patients, to bring value to unmet needs, that is my passion.”

    Patient stories like these drive us to keep searching for solutions. We know significant unmet patient needs remain, which is why we’re committed to continuing our patient-driven approach to innovation to ultimately unlock a healthier tomorrow for patients.

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