COVID Advocacy Exchange Platform Unites Patients, Industry And Experts
Last year Bristol Myers Squibb teamed up with GRYT Health to create a virtual conference and information hub geared toward connecting patients and advocates with industry leaders, clinicians and other health experts. In 2021, the COVID Advocacy Exchange will create formal working groups to address ongoing needs identified by the Exchange’s growing number of users.
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