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Friends Launches, an Online Learning and Advocacy Community

Friends Launches, an Online Learning and Advocacy Community

Washington, DC, March 27, 2017 – Today, Friends of Cancer Research (Friends) launched a new online learning community, The site is home to two new programs Friends has been developing over the course of the last year, Friends’ Advocacy Education and Advocacy Alliance.

“We set out to create an online community, a place where patients and their advocates who wish to bring their insight to the regulatory process can come together,” said Friends Vice President, Ryan Hohman. “I think anyone interested in providing vital patient input in the drug development and approval process will find a helpful and welcoming community through”

Friends created to provide patients, advocates, and caregivers with the tools necessary to effectively communicate with researchers, developers, and regulators. The Advocacy Education program is a self-guided online learning platform aimed at educating our community about the importance of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, its activities, drug development, and regulation.

“Our hope and goal is that by participating in this program, patient advocates will be able to make the connections necessary to engage with all sectors that need more patient input,” said Friends President and CEO, Jeff Allen. “Ultimately, by reviewing the available resources and completing the online course, patient advocates will learn when and where to add their voice, and in turn be better equipped to communicate patient needs and advance health outcomes.”

In addition to the Advocacy Education program, Friends launched the Advocacy Alliance on The Advocacy Alliance will serve as a portal for interested parties to stay informed on the most pressing policy issues, current proposals, and national priorities in regulatory science. The Alliance will also provide resources and a platform for organizations to join Friends in engaging Congress and federal health agencies on the latest issues.

About is an online learning community established by Friends of Cancer Research to bring together those seeking innovative solutions to advance science by engaging, educating, and empowering patients. For more information, please visit

About Friends of Cancer Research
Friends of Cancer Research (Friends) drives collaboration among partners from every healthcare sector to power advances in science, policy and regulation that speed lifesaving treatments to patients. For more information, please visit