Ten years after surviving brain cancer at age 21, Matthew Zachary founded Stupid Cancer, the world's largest young adult cancer community, and launched The Stupid Cancer Show, the first health podcast, which amassed a global listenership in the millions.
He stepped down as Stupid Cancer's CEO in 2019 and launched his latest venture, OffScrip Media, the first audio broadcast network focused on consumer health and patient advocacy. True to form, Matthew, is now back behind the mic where he belongs with his new show, "Out of Patients," hailed as "the people's voice in healthcare."
As he continues to be pissed off with the dumpster fire that is our healthcare system, the through-line of Matthew's entire career is patient advocacy; and he will not stop calling out all sorts of Stupid BS that shouldn't have to be a thing.
Matthew is also an acclaimed keynote speaker, accomplished film composer, and award-winning concert pianist.
- Dear Pharma: There Is Nothing Centric About Patient-Centricity
While the philosophy of patient centricity is noble, it has proven grossly ineffective for as long as it’s been a buzzword. Why? There is a fundamental disconnect at play that few, if any, perceive. It is one that patients and their respective patient advocacy organizations have never had the platform to share with industry until recently with social media as our bullhorn.
- Democratizing Cancer: How Freedom of Choice Improves Patient Reported Outcomes
Historically, the decision-making tools allotted to cancer patients have been limited to medical teams (high-trust/low-resource) and the Internet (low-trust/high-resource). Social media has engendered an empowered generation of advocates and activists who have forced the hand of industry to adapt its approach in the form of “patient-centricity” – a meaningless term to the 23-year-old who just found out they have metastatic breast cancer while three months pregnant and finishing up her MBA. Learn how an ever-changing landscape of consumer activism is disrupting is ending isolation, building community, providing education, redefining quality-of-life, and improving health outcomes.
- Stop Innovating and Do Something: A Patient’s Take on Digital Transformation
Tech-savvy healthcare consumers who use digital tools to self-advocate are the ones Pharma needs to look out for the most. Why? Because, with or without industry, they are already changing the landscape from the ground up. Big Pharma needs to adapt if they want to stay relevant by reimagining their fundamental philosophies about marketing communication and what success actually means.