Bristol Myers Squibb and GRYT Health are industry leaders connecting patient advocacy organizations in an innovative virtual approach. GRYT Health is a digital health company with a social purpose, and is the creator of both the Global Virtual Cancer Conference and the GRYT Health platform, which offers opportunities for connection and learning, paired with research, marketing and clinical trial services that put people and caregivers first. Bristol Myers Squibb is a global biopharmaceutical company whose mission is to discover, develop and deliver innovative medicines that help patients prevail over serious diseases.

As part of our continued commitment to patients worldwide, we have been in ongoing communication with the global patient advocacy community across disease areas to understand how they are being impacted by the current crisis, and what resources they most need in order to continue to fulfill their missions. Across the board, we are hearing from advocates that their biggest concerns are time and capacity constraints, infrastructure needs, and the lasting financial impact from the current crisis. Recognizing the urgency of the situation for the global advocacy community, Bristol Myers Squibb and GRYT Health decided to launch the COVID Advocacy Exchange.

The COVID Advocacy Exchange is open to advocacy organizations and the patients they support, spanning the globe disease states, to convene virtually. The available resources will cross disease areas including oncology, cardiovascular, fibrosis, immunoscience, immunology, hematology and multiple sclerosis.

Participants will have access to COVID-19-related materials from Bristol Myers Squibb, other advocacy organizations and third-party experts through the on-demand virtual exhibitor space and live meeting areas that will host weekly interactive sessions with industry leaders, advocates, and other experts. Resources addressing timely needs such as practical solutions for patients during COVID-19 and support for advocacy organizations including virtual events and digital fundraising and other issues exacerbated by the pandemic will also be available.

Resources from advocacy organizations and pre-recorded sessions are available 24/7. We will also host live, interactive sessions on relevant topics for patients, advocacy organizations and the industry as a whole on a monthly basis.

No. Registration and access to the COVID Advocacy Exchange is free.

We hope to build upon and enhance the COVID Advocacy Exchange over the coming months, in collaboration with our advocacy organization and patient partners, to create a lasting coalition and platform that will exist for the long-term and cover critical topics beyond COVID-19.

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