Astellas is committed to providing ongoing high-quality medical education opportunities that help ensure appropriate clinical use of our products, fulfill educational needs/gaps and, ultimately, improve patient care.
Our culture is rooted in openness and integrity, and we continuously work to be a trusted leader in the ever-changing healthcare environment. As of October 5, 2020, in step with the evolving global landscape, Astellas will no longer provide educational funding directly to individual healthcare professionals (HCPs) to attend congresses and conferences, including virtual attendance. Our consistent approach around the world is critical to our global reputation and the trust we share with healthcare professionals, the patients they serve, and the broader healthcare community.
We recognize the importance of healthcare professionals accessing timely educational information to improve care for patients, and we remain committed to providing ongoing high-quality medical education opportunities that help ensure the appropriate clinical use of our existing medications and new medical innovations, fulfil educational needs/gaps and, ultimately, improve patient care. Moving forward, Astellas will refocus resources on other educational activities we believe better reflect Astellas’ commitment to the global healthcare community and meet the changing needs of healthcare professionals and the patients they serve.
Astellas will continue to share new scientific data and disease information in a variety of formats that support the critical role of healthcare professionals in improving patient care, including:
- Grants for Education, also known as Independent Medical Education (IME)
- Symposia, webinars, e-learnings and web-based education (disease, treatment or product focused); examples include satellite symposia during a congress, speaker programs and product theatres
- Congress summaries
- Sponsorship of educational conferences
- Grants to healthcare organizations (HCOs) to support healthcare professional congress attendance
Astellas does not provide direct funding to individual HCPs to attend local, regional or international congresses or medical meetings.
Grants to HCOs to Support HCP Congress Attendance
HCOs may apply for funding grants to support HCP attendance at pre-identified, eligible congresses. HCOs must submit a grant funding application form and be able to independently manage the entire process without any hands-on support. A maximum of 10 HCPs can be funded through the grant request, and Astellas must have no involvement in the selection of the HCPs to receive support to attend congress. The HCO must be one of the following:
- Government or public-funded hospital
- Private hospital
- Medical society or association
- Other (university, research group, etc.)
An HCO is only eligible to receive grants for HCP congress attendance two times per fiscal year (April to March) per therapeutic area Astellas supports. A list of pre-approved congresses, and whether live or virtual attendance will be supported for that event, will be available here at the beginning of FY22.
HOW TO APPLY
HCOs wishing to apply for grant funding to support HCP congress attendance may provide an inquiry to [email protected] A grant application form will be provided for your completion and return. After an initial review of your submission to ensure HCO and event eligibility, your request will be forwarded to an internal Astellas Grants Committee for consideration. We anticipate that decisions on eligible requests may take up to six weeks. If you wish to check on the status of your request, please contact [email protected]