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Newsletter #1 - December 2023

We are pleased to present the first edition of the NEED newsletter. NEED (Needs Examination, Evaluation and Dissemination) was launched in April 2023 to develop an independent research infrastructure that collects evidence on unmet health-related needs, both from the patients’ perspective and that of society, and stores it in a database that can be used by all relevant stakeholders. The availability of explorable evidence on patient and societal needs is a prerequisite for moving from a supply-driven health innovation system towards a more needs-driven system. NEED should provide the infrastructure and content to allow for such policies.

This newsletter is the best way for you to discover what we are doing, to receive regular updates on our work packages, their outcomes and next steps, highlights of NEED's events you may have missed, hand-picked articles or interesting papers related to unmet needs, the health innovation ecosystem, the EU pharmaceutical legislation and more!

 We invite you to share this newsletter and the sign-up link with your colleagues so that they, too, can stay informed about our efforts in shaping a needs-driven healthcare policy and innovation.

 Happy reading!

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The NEED team

About NEED

NEED is financially supported by the Belgian Federal Science Policy (BELSPO) through the INFRA-FED call.

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Project coordinators

dr. Irina Cleemput



prof. dr. Robby De Pauw

Sciensano, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Service Health Information