HLTH Forward Podcast

Weaving Clinical Trials Into The Fabric of Healthcare : Ramita Tandon, Chief Clinical Trials Officer @Walgreens

April 30, 2023
HLTH Forward Podcast
Weaving Clinical Trials Into The Fabric of Healthcare : Ramita Tandon, Chief Clinical Trials Officer @Walgreens
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Show Notes

 The art and importance of weaving clinical trials into our healthcare ecosystem have never been more critical than now. 5% less in the US participate in clinical research, where 75% are Caucasian, 11% are Hispanic, and fewer than 10% are black or Asian. Driving innovation and better cure starts at the heart of placing diversity and inclusion at the very beginning of the value chain: clinical trials.

 In this episode I am conversing with Ramita Tandon, Chief Clinical Trials Officer at Walgreens, we discuss her intent and motive to bring clinical trials to communities and creating the foundation of trust and awareness to address the significant disparities in the system. Given Walgreens' national scale containing 9000 stores, reaching almost 10 million people daily, they are pulling all the right levers and fueling their horsepower to build the proper highway to serve communities and make healthcare more affordable and accessible.

As the Chief Clinical Trials Officer at Walgreens, Ramita Tandon is responsible for leading and driving growth for the Company’s new clinical trials business. In her role, Ramita works across the healthcare and life sciences industries to enable next-generation clinical trials so that breakthrough treatments reach patients faster. Her team is focused on unlocking value and improving access, awareness and trust by efficiently matching diverse patient populations to sponsor-led trials, reducing trial operational complexities and patient burdens, as well as capitalizing on Walgreens deep patient insights and leveraging real-world data from owned and partner assets

As a transformational leader, Ramita is passionate in her belief that a best-in-class operating model employing insights and innovation can deliver gains in operations and forge stronger connections with all stakeholders, including biopharmaceutical companies, healthcare systems and payers. Ramita has recently been named to Drug Store News’ Top Women in Health, Wellness & Beauty class of 2022 for Business Excellence, Fierce Healthcare’s 2022 Women of Influence and listed in the 2018 PharmaVOICE 100.

About Host
Smriti Kirubanandan has a strong background in robotics and public health and is a Healthcare Executive, where she focuses on driving significant transformations within the healthcare ecosystem, concentrating on customer experience, intelligent automation, data analytics and insights, and is determined to make healthcare more accessible and affordable through innovation and empathy. She also spearheads brand development, thought leadership, and market research. 

Smriti is a selected Young Global Leader 2023 by the World Economic Forum, a member of the Young Leaders Circle at the Milken Institute, and is the Founder of HLTH Forward Podcast- an award-winning media platform that hosts healthcare leaders, policymakers, and artists to discuss the challenges in the system and what we could do collectively to move healthcare forward. 

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