Rare and Genetic Disease Network


The Promise of Gene Therapy and the Challenges of Payment Structures

Jeff Ajer, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer of BioMarin, discusses gene therapy. The development of these transformative therapies has triggered discussions about market access challenges, the viability of alternative financing mechanisms, and the results for patient access.

Peter Saltonstall of NORD Discusses Drug Pricing Challenges

Peter Saltonstall, President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) discusses some of the challenges facing the rare disease community, including the perception that drug pricing for orphan drugs is a driving force behind rising drug prices.

Tenosynovial Giant Cell Tumor (TGCT)

Tenosynovial giant cell tumor (TGCT) is a benign tumor involving the joint synovium, bursae, and tendon sheath. These rare tumors are sometimes referred to as giant cell tumor of the tendon sheath (GCT-TS) and/or pigmented villonodular synovitis (PVNS).

Overview of the Mucopolysaccharidoses

Heather A. Lau, MD, Director, Lysosomal Storage Disease Program at NYU Langone Health provides an overview of the mucopolysaccharidoses (MPSs) a group of rare, inherited lysosomal storage disorders that are clinically characterized by abnormalities in multiple organ systems and reduced life expectancy.

CHARGE Syndrome

CHARGE syndrome is a complex genetic condition, which affects multiple systems in the body and sensory systems. It is the leading genetic cause of deafblindness worldwide, occurring in approximately 1 in 10,000 births.

Usher Syndrome Overview

Daniel de Boer, Founder and CEO of ProQR, discussuses Usher syndrome, a genetic disorder characterized by sensorineural hearing loss or deafness and progressive vision loss due to retinitis pigmentosa.

Novel Approach to Gene Therapy for Sickle Cell Disease Shows Promise

Erica B. Esrick, MD, Hematologist at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center reported on her pilot trial in which one adult patient with Sickle Cell disease (SCD) received an infusion of his own stem cells in which a genetic “switch” was flipped on to induce the cells to both start producing healthy hemoglobin and stop producing unhealthy “sickle” hemoglobin.

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