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Industry Partner Membership

In consultation with the OARSI Corporate Council, a new corporate membership structure has been developed.  The levels of membership are:

$10,000 – One year membership
$17,000- Two year membership (fully payable in year one- a savings of $1,500 per year)
$22,500- Three year membership (fully payable in year one- a savings of $2,500 per year)

A number of potential initiatives, with benefits to industry and the field of OA, were identified during the Corporate Council meeting in Seattle . OARSI is researching the feasibility of moving these ideas forward, specifically: 

  • Clinical Trialist Database-Global database of specialists with experience in various types of clinical trials
  • Course to train Principal Investigators on OA clinical trial design
  • Patient and Provider Educational Materials: to be available and downloadable on the OARSI  website   Example: Interpretation of the OARSI treatment guidelines for both patients and Family Practitioners

Becoming a corporate member includes numerous benefits including,:

  • Opportunity to serve on certain OARSI committees and task forces to identify new initiatives
  • Invitation to semi annual Industry Council meetings and teleconferences with the OARSI leadership to discuss ongoing projects and potential for future initiatives
  • Reduced exhibit booth fees during the OARSI World Congress
  • Bi-monthly OARSI newsletter
  • Access to members only section of OARSI Website; access to annual OARSI World Congress presentations
  • Reduced rate to post job opening and search CV’s on the OARSI Job Board
  • Recognition of corporate membership: OARSI World Congress signage,Printed materials provided to Congress delegates,Acknowledgement  on OARSI website

It is only through the financial assistance of industry partners that OARSI is able to move the field of osteoarthritis forward and bring the world’s OA experts together at the OARSI Annual World Congress.   Please consider joining today. 

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For additional information contact: or tel: +1-856-642-4215


2017 Industry Partners

EMD Serono
EMD Serono is the North America biopharma business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany – a leading science and technology company – focused exclusively on specialty care. EMD Serono has deep expertise in neurology, fertility and endocrinology, and a robust pipeline of potential therapies in oncology, immuno-oncology and immunology as R&D focus areas

Flexion Therapeutics is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of novel non-opioid pain therapies. The company is currently advancing a portfolio of injectable drug candidates.  Our lead program, ZilrettaTM (also known as FX006), is an intra-articular sustained release corticosteroid for patients with moderate to severe osteoarthritis (OA) pain.

Rottapharm/Meda Group
Rottapharm is part of Meda, a leading international specialty pharma company. Meda’s products are sold in more than 150 countries with own operations in over 60 countries. Meda’s products fall within several areas including rheumatology with the patented Crystalline Glucosamine Sulfate, prescription drug for the treatment of osteoarthritis. 

Samumed, LLC
Samumed is a leader in medical research and development for tissue-level regeneration. With our platform's origins in small molecule-based Wnt pathway modulation, we develop therapeutics to address a range of degenerative diseases, regenerative medicine and oncology.


Seikagaku Corporation is a Japanese pharmaceutical company focused on developing innovative pharmaceuticals by our own technologies based on glycoscience. Especially, in the field of osteoarthritis of the knee, we have launched the world's first clinically approved intra-articular hyaluronan formulation, Artz (Supartz FX), and have also developed cross-linked hyaluronate hydrogel, Gel-One. We aim to contribute to the health and wealth of people all over the world.


Thuasne is a globally recognized creator, manufacturer and distributor
of wearable medical devices, including braces, supports and medical garments.
Founded in 1847, Thuasne envisions #Medweartech as the strategic intersection of
medicine, materials and digital technologies.Thuasne provides "wings for your health" by elevating each person's active involvement in their own health and medical care.



Current Initiatives

Pre Competitive Consortium for OA

The current regulatory approach throughout the world creates formidable challenges for the development of structure modifying drugs for OA. The ability to capitalize on imaging or chemical biomarkers of OA as surrogate markers to demonstrate disease modification with subsequent temporal linkage to clinically relevant outcomes is limited due to the requirement that surrogate markers be used only in the development of drugs for very severe or life threatening diseases.

In disorders that evolve over years, or even decades, it is critical to establish appropriate surrogate markers that will help predict outcomes.  This effort is in its infancy with regard to osteoarthritis research.  Energizing the next phase of biomarker development will require both ensuring an understanding of the stakes involved among regulators and supporting the efforts of researchers to develop new surrogate markers.

PCCOA Initiative will undertake the important work to establish the importance of OA as a serious condition for which there are currently no satisfactory therapies according to the FDA definition – “a disease or condition associated with morbidity that has substantial impact on day-to-day functioning”. A White paper on OA as a serious disease is underway with Lyn March and Gillian Hawker as co-Chairs of this working group.
Developing a standard definition of OA for improving communication about the disease among interest groups and agencies.
The long-term goal to gain acceptance of surrogates (e.g. MRI) as clinical endpoints in OA trials. READ MORE


Clinical Trial Guidelines: Eleven separate working groups composed of OARSI members have developed guidelines for conducting clinical trials in the areas of

  • osteoarthritis of the knee, hip and hand
  • surgical trials
  • non pharmacologic therapies including Diet/Exercise, Injury Prevention, and post surgery rehabilitation
  • biomarkers
  • imaging/radiology of knee, hip, hand
  • implementation
  • biostatistical issues

This initiative is a good example of OARSI endeavors that aim for collaborative and fruitful discussions involving academic and industry members.   OARSI Clinical Trial Guidelines are used by scientists, graduate students and clinical investigators worldwide and serve as the benchmark trial design.  Guideline authors serve as authoritative leaders, mentors and collaborators for researchers developing progressively more advanced levels of investigation

This was published on April 30, 2015.


Standard definition of OA

Developed through a collaboration of OA leaders with the goal of standardizing the nomenclature for OA and its various components to help facilitate communication in the field of OA
A definition of OA has been posted to the OARSI website (as a wiki) for updating and refining by the membership on an ongoing basis. READ MORE


Ankle Atlas

A radiographic atlas of ankle and hindfoot OA to enhance standardized grading of the ankle and hindfoot in clinical research and clinical trials.


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