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Tuesday, March 21st, 2017
Bone Marrow Donors Worldwide (BMDW) provide a life saving global database of stem cell donors. Around the world matches can be found for blood cancer patients, offering them the gift of life. Based in Leiden in the Netherlands, BMDW is funded by the major national stem cell registers to provide this global service.
The approach to matching patients to donors has evolved quickly over the last few years, as result of more detailed stem cell typing and increasing knowledge of what constitutes a good match. By 2014 it was clear to BMDW that they needed to upgrade their search and matching service to meet the changed needs of the global community.
‘We knew that this was a complex project. Not only did we have to develop a complex IT system but we also had to gain consensus from the international community about the approach and requirements’ explains Henny Braund, BMDW Board member. To ensure the success of this project, BMDW approached Verve Consulting to provide a Project Lead to work with their Board and executive team to scope, launch and drive this complex project through to completion.
Verve Consulting assigned Roger Wilson. Roger worked with the international team over two years to ensure a successful launch of the new search and match service in November 2016. Henny continues ‘Roger was an essential ingredient in this project. We could not have done it without him. Roger brought understanding of the business and of cultural differences along with an ability to network. He combines strategic and lateral thinking, persuasiveness, focus and drive, which were all key to the success of the project.’