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Q&A With RARE-X Disease Data Platform Founder, Nicole Boice

The nonprofit RARE-X is creating an easily-accessible, centralized data hub for all rare disease patient data that can help researchers answer questions about existing disorders, discover new ones, and work toward finding treatments. It was spun out of the work that Nicole Boice, founder and chief engagement officer of…

Rare Disease Day Events Bring Awareness, Equity to Patients

Since 2008, Rare Disease Day — the last day of February — has brought together patients, caregivers, family members, friends, and advocates from around the world to raise awareness and improve equity for the more than 7,000 known rare diseases that affect more than 300 million people. In 2022, the…

AT845 Gene Therapy Showing Safety in Ongoing FORTIS Trial

Acceptable safety is being seen to date in four adults with late-onset Pompe disease (LOPD) given the one-time gene therapy  AT845 in the FORTIS Phase 1/2 trial, its developer, Astellas Gene Therapies, announced. Interim study data in these four enrolled patients, as of the Dec. 3 cutoff date, shows…

Experimental Gene Therapy AT845 Shows Promise in Animal Study

An investigational gene therapy called AT845 could effectively increase the activity of an enzyme that’s deficient in mouse and nonhuman primate models of Pompe disease, according to a study. The research also highlights potential complications that can occur when gene therapies designed for use in humans are tested in…