#141 Stan Crooke on Ultra Rare Disease Drugs
Biotech titan Dr. Stan Crooke joins host Kira Dineen to celebrate rare disease month! Dr. Crooke was the Founder of IONIS Pharmaceuticals, with extensive experience in the pharmaceutical industry developing more than 20 marketed drugs. He has published nearly 500 scientific publications, edited more than 20 books, and has numerous patents.
Dr. Stan Crooke is now the Founder and CEO of n-Lorem Foundation, a new San Diego-based organization with an incredible mission of developing individualized RNA targeted medicines for patients with ultra-rare diseases, and providing those treatments for free, for life. These patients have extremely unique mutations and are often only one of 30 people in the entire world to have the disease. After only one year as a foundation, they’ve already made great progress for the ultra rare community, having received 50 applications from patients with ultra rare genetic mutations. Out of those 50, they have greenlighted treatment plans for nearly 20 patients - greatly exceeding application and acceptance rate expectations.
On This Episode We Discuss:
Rare diseases vs ultra rare diseases
Challenges treating patients with ultra rare diseases and genetic mutations
Standard process and cost of drug development
n-Lorem’s new approach to drug development for ultra rare diseases
Antisense therapies (ASOs)
n-Lorem’s charitable and scalable model
n-Lorem’s relationship with IONIS Pharmaceuticals
People eligible for n-Lorem’s treatments
How to contact n-Lorem’s for potential treatment
Drugs currently in development at n-Lorem
Insight on the development of SPINRAZA® for spinal muscular atrophy
Learn more about n-Lorem on their website.
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