Last update 26th Nov 2017 BR

Melanoma Patient Network Europe

Our Faculty

Andrew Evanswas diagnosed with choroidal melanoma in May of 2013.  At the time, he was working as a bioinformatician, developing analysis pipelines for genetic diagnostics in cancer research (ironically enough).  

In his professional life, as Chief Product Officer at Dutch startup StartMonday, a Startupbootcamp alumni company, Andrew has been deeply immersed in the latest startup business practices.

Andrew brings a decade of Agile experience from consulting- as both a hands-on project lead and as a trainer in Agile processes for large corporates as well as highly-regarded digital business programs through Hyper Island and The Talent Institute. He has also served as a mentor and organizer for Lean Startup Machine - a global 3-day bootcamp program that takes startups from ideas to customers.

Since his own diagnosis, Andrew has striven to help other patients make sense of the complexities of their diagnoses, through active participation on social media and by writing a blog that attempts to explain cancer concepts in accessible terms.  He moved to The Netherlands in 2014, and subsequently became actively involved with the Melanoma Patients Network Europe. As both a scientist and a patient, Mr. Evans holds a unique perspective on the disease experience.

Otto Freijser ​loves to challenge people to think differently, to solve problems creatively and to help others succeed.

As a self-proclaimed Lean Innovation Evangelist, he is the co-founder of Perpetulon, a management consultancy for business innovation. Otto also directly coaches young start-ups and is member of the Dutch Lean Startup Circle, a platform initially created for like minded individuals to get together and talk about the Lean Startup philosophy and today, to explore and test both old and new startup principles. 

Requires preparation

Lean ADvocacy

Build. measue. learn. Repeat

Annual MPNE workshop for European Melanoma advocates

​24th- 26th November 2017

arrival 24th in the morning, we start at 2pm


Krusenberg Herrgård, Uppsala, Sweden 

Friday, 25th November

Friday, 24th November 
Day 1

13.00- 14.00

Check-in and Registration

14.00- 15.00
Welcome and
elevator pitch introductions
Bettina Ryll

15.00- 15.30

Session 1

Workshop introduction by Andrew Evans, Otto Freijser and MPNE

Why should we as Melanoma advocates care about ‘lean’ processes?

15.30- 16.00


16.00- 17.00

​Session 2

Teams present their advocacy project ideas

17.00- 19.45

Session 3 

Turning an idea into an experiment with help of the Javelin Board  
Session 4

Constituent/Stakeholder Discovery​

Teams plan and run their first experiment 

20.00 Dinner
Continue the discussion with your team over dinner!

Saturday, 25th November
Day 2

8.00- 9.00 Breakfast 

9.00- 10.30
Session 5

As much as necessary, as little as possible
What is a ‘Minimum Viable Product’?

Teams run their first experiment

10.30- 11.00 Coffee

11.00- 12.30

Session 6

Lessons learned
Analysis of first experiment and share results
Team plan and run their second experiment 

13.00- 14.00 Lunch

14.30- 16.00

Session 7

Pivots: continue or change direction?
Teams analyze second experiment and decide to continue or change the direction

16.00- 16.30 Coffee

16.30- 18.00

Session 8

Solutions not Problems.
Solution ideation- get to know a technique to generate solutions very fast

19.00- 19.30 Reception

19.30 Dinner 

Sunday, 26th November
Day 3
Advocacy Day

8.00- 9.00


please make sure you check out

9.00- 10.30

Session 9

Stop- Look- Go

Teams present their projects
Discussion and next actions

Summary for our network
Which Lean principles apply to advocacy? Which ones don’t?
Synthesis of a ‘Lean Advocacy Concept’ for MPNE

10.30- 11.00 Coffee

11.00- 12.30 MPNE members only

  • Update about recent developments within MPNE- new meetings, growing network
  • Annual session: unmet need in the network
  • MPNE in 2018- annual conference, meetings, other opportunities

12.30- 12.45

Workshop Summary and Closure
Bettina Ryll, MPNE

13.00- 14.00

Lunch and Departure

MPNEsupport Org 802492-1069, Sweden

Session content to be defined 16th November- but timing is correct!


MPNE WORKSHOP Krusenberg 24th- 26th November 

Requires preparation


Workshop participation, travel

and full-board accommodation 

will be free for participants.

Participation is upon application only.