Organon a spin off from Merck & Co leading the way for women's health in Montreal and beyond

By Liza Laws

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In the broad healthcare landscape, one area that has historically been overlooked and under-prioritized is women's health.

However, Canadian company Organon wants to change this, a spin off from Merck & Co., Inc., it has a mission to focus solely on women's health globally.

The company is led by by president and managing director Michael Casia and he says: “Our mission is deeply rooted in the belief that women's health deserves dedicated attention and resources.

“We aim to bring innovations to Canada's healthcare landscape, addressing existing gaps and needs while strengthening healthcare systems.”

Organon's portfolio encompasses a diverse array of critical areas in women's health, ranging from contraception to fertility treatments and addressing postpartum hemorrhage. These areas, Casia emphasizes, represent significant opportunities to make tangible differences in the lives of women across the country.

“When we talk about women's health, it's essential to recognize the specific areas that need attention," Casia adds.

“One such area is preventive care. We believe that by addressing preventive causes early on, we can significantly impact women's health outcomes.”

Organon's focus on preventive care is represented by its range of hormonal therapy products, designed to alleviate symptoms, and enhance overall well-being. Additionally, the company's initiatives extend beyond medical treatments to encompass support for women through various life events, ensuring they can progress in their careers unhindered.

“We've developed a program called 'Professional Journey' to address the myriad life events that may impact women's careers,” Casia shares. “This program encompasses policies, manager training, and awareness campaigns aimed at fostering an inclusive and equitable workplace.”

The goal, Casia adds, is not just to provide medical solutions but to create an environment where women feel supported and empowered to pursue their professional aspirations without compromise.

Despite the positive reception Organon has received, Casia acknowledges that challenges persist.

“Changing perceptions and advocating for women's health can be daunting tasks," he admits. "But we remain steadfast in our commitment to our mission and believe that our impact extends far beyond the realm of medicine.”

Postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) is a potentially life-threatening condition characterized by excessive bleeding following childbirth. While advancements in medical science have significantly reduced the incidence of PPH in developed countries, it remains a significant concern in regions with limited access to healthcare resources.

“Postpartum hemorrhage is a critical issue that demands urgent attention,” Casia says. “We are committed to developing innovative solutions to address this challenge and improve maternal health outcomes.”

Organon's commitment to combating postpartum hemorrhage is highlighted by its recent launch of a treatment aimed at reducing maternal mortality rates. This was developed after years of rigorous research and clinical trials, has the potential to save countless lives and transform the landscape of postpartum care.

“Our goal is not just to provide medical treatments but to make a meaningful impact on women's lives. By addressing critical issues like postpartum hemorrhage, we can ensure that women receive the care and support they need during one of the most vulnerable periods of their lives.”

Another area of focus for the company is the menopause. Casia emphasizes the importance of understanding and addressing the unique needs of women experiencing menopause, acknowledging that it represents a significant milestone in a woman's life.

Through the company’s dedication to research, Organon says it aims to develop solutions for symptoms associated with menopause, such as hot flashes and mood swings. It will also provide education and support to help women navigate this transformative phase with confidence and dignity. By investing in initiatives focused on menopause, it seeks to empower women with the knowledge and resources needed to effectively manage their symptoms and improve their overall quality of life during this stage of life.

Organon's growth trajectory underscores the significance of its mission, with sales in the industry increasing by 20 to 30% last year alone. This growth, Casia notes, is not just a testament to the company's success but to the growing recognition of the importance of prioritizing women's health.

As Organon looks to the future, Casia says its vision is clear. “Our goal is to become Canada's go-to reference in women's health," he says. “We're focused on expanding our pipeline, forging strategic partnerships, and continuing to innovate in this space.”

Ultimately, Casia says, Organon's mission transcends mere profitability. It's about creating a sustainable healthcare environment where women receive the support, care, and advocacy they rightfully deserve.

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