Peace in strength.  Like the mighty oak that has survived some 600 years in what is now my back yard, we engage with experience and resilience.  Whether the winds blow hard or the sun shines bright, we go on, deeply rooted and stretching for the heavens.

Strength in peace.  Many challenges of the world, and Pharmaceutical R&D, grow out of mere misunderstandings.  We seek to enhance mutual understanding and peaceful cooperation toward shared objectives.

- Peace and Strength by Kevin Freiert


By Jamie Roger | July 19, 2019 |

WE STRIVE TO DO WORK THAT BENEFITS THE PATIENT+ COMMUNITY Salem Oaks is in the final stages of installing its first big wave of online learning modules.  If you haven’t checked them out yet, you can learn more at .  The modules that we have released thus far have…

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Firmly Rooted

By Kevin Freiert | July 9, 2019 |

We dare to imagine a world in which people are equipped to collaborate to successfully shape the health ecosystem of the future.  There is an awful lot of thought behind the mission of Salem Oaks.  I’d like to take a few minutes to pull it apart and offer what we…

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Don’t Miss This Rare Chance to Learn

By Kevin Freiert | June 4, 2019 |

Just over a year ago, I wrote a blog singing the praises of the Rare Drug Development Symposium co-sponsored by Global Genes and the Orphan Disease Center at the University of Penn.  In my opinion, there were three defining characteristics of this event that set it apart from the rest.…

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Summer Reading: Books That Matter

By Kevin Freiert | June 4, 2019 |

What makes a good story? I have recently had the opportunity to read several books written by people who are faced with some sort of medical adversity.  This has only reinforced my love for a good story, especially one that teaches lessons beyond the action.  Each of these books started…

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Lost is a Starting Point.

By Jamie Roger | May 17, 2019 |

Lost is a starting point. It’s okay to be lost and not in control.  But nothing is going to change if you don’t start.  Start talking to someone, start educating yourself, start finding other people who may be lost.  The most valuable component of your mental health is being aware…

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But what does it mean to educate a patient?

By Heather McCullen | April 30, 2019 |

Many individuals and organizations, including Salem Oaks, talk about patient education and health literacy. But what does it mean to educate a patient? Is the opposite of an educated patient an uneducated patient? Last month Salem Oaks presented a panel discussionat Patients as Partnersin Philadelphia. The objective of the session was to…

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UPDATE: Online Course Library Grows

By Kevin Freiert | April 26, 2019 |

Salem Oaks’ portfolio of online courses is growing rapidly. Since last month, we launched two new modules in the R&D decision-making series, bringing the total to four. Check them out and see where we are going next!

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Final Installment of Open Water Sets Sail

By Kevin Freiert | April 15, 2019 |

The fourth module in our series on Decision Making in Pharmaceutical Research and Development. focuses on the decisions required for Phase 1 Clinical Studies. The stakes are higher as people participate in the studies. These first studies establish a beachhead that will allow the team to learn more and more about the compound. It gets pretty exciting!

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Open Water Part 2: Discovery and Pre-Clinical Research

By Kevin Freiert | April 5, 2019 |

Salem Oaks is proud to launch the third module in our series on Decision Making in Pharmaceutical Research and Development.  The underlying goal of this series is to help equip you to be part of a Research and Development Team.   The first module, Decisions Decisions, gave a high-level overview of…

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Resources are Great, But…

By Jamie Roger | April 3, 2019 |

Resources are great.  But what if you don’t know that they exist, or where to find them? Patient foundations are an invaluable collection of resources for their respective patient groups. They offer support, various libraries of information and disease facts, resources (financial, medical, community oriented, mental health services, etc.) and,…

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