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Chief Executive Officer
EVP and Head of Medical Affairs Astellas
2020 was a year full of historic challenges and discord. A global pandemic, unprecedented government interventions, turbulent elections, and deeply felt social and racial injustice. Many of us faced difficult personal challenges, a full year away from family, friends and colleagues, and sadly, many lives taken too soon.
But there were bright spots as well. Many of our member companies found new ways to succeed. Peers from rival companies came together to stand up for good, joining forces – and resources – to help fight the pandemic and social challenges together. It was a time when organizations and individuals discovered strengths they never knew existed and found new opportunities to excel professionally, and personally.
MAPS was in a unique position as the pandemic took its grip on the world. As a record number of Medical Affairs professionals (700) prepared to arrive in Miami on March 8 for our Global Annual Meeting – just the fourth such meeting in our five-year existence – we were one of the last in-person conferences to take place, finishing on the day the WHO officially declared the pandemic. Uncertainty was prevalent throughout the three-day event, as so little was known about COVID-19 at the time. But one thing was certain, this was an assembly of leaders prepared and eager to do everything in their powers to help their companies fight the pandemic and hopefully bring it to a swift end.
And that is what continues to amaze us all about this great profession of Medical Affairs. The medical and scientific know-how and established external credibility of Medical Affairs are extremely effective forces that can be leveraged to place patient outcomes front and center. And this is important now more than ever.
As many of you know, MAPS was founded on the idea of building a global community for Medical Affairs professionals to come together, enabling companies and professionals to achieve personal and organizational excellence. Those opportunities were powerfully presented to us this year, and we are proud of how the Medical Affairs community and the industry stepped up to these generational challenges.
We are pleased to present to you the 2020 MAPS Annual Report, highlighting the many achievements of the society, our volunteers, and our members. We thank each of you who had a role in MAPS’ success this year, and to those of you who participated in any of our initiatives.
Wishing you the best in 2021!
MAPS is a NON-PROFIT, Global Membership Organization, with an aim to:
A record year for membership growth:
Our second consecutive year of 100%+ growth.
Industry Partnership efforts soar to new heights:
Our industry partnership program (IPP)debuted in December 2018,with our first member, Sanofi.
Partner Circle program continues growth trend (up 64%), signaling strong interest in collaboration between industry and solution providers with Medical Affairs expertise:
41 PC member companies as of March 31, 2021 compared to 25 on April 1, 2020.
MAPS saw a tremendous increase in volunteerism this past year – up 113% – fueling record production of Medical Affairs programming
209 member volunteers as of March 31, 2021, vs 98 on April 1, 2020.
Current volunteer distribution is aligned with overall membership distribution across the regions
MAPS strives for diversity of perspective in all aspects of programming, content and offerings to our membership. 2021 will see a focus on continued growth in membership and volunteerism in the APAC and EMEA regions.
MAPS encourages Medical Affairs professionals to look beyond silos to advance their careers and achieve excellence in their organizations.
We focused on a diversified approach to content development in 2020, with all our Focus Area Working Groups producing timely deliverables for the various MA functions.
Content consumption demonstrated that despite the high number of deliverables, content was varied and relevant enough to maintain interest
All workshops / panels were conducted virtually for EMEA 2020 (288 participants), and APAC 2020 (117 participants). The Global Annual Meeting (planned March 2021) and China Annual meeting (planned June 2020) were not conducted virtually.
Along with more great content, here’s what to expect in MAPS Year 2021