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A Patient’s Rare Cancer Mission


Like most people, Paul Poth had never heard the word cholangiocarcinoma. As a healthy 38 year-old new father with no predisposing factors and no family history, it was a complete shock to be diagnosed with this rare cancer. Paul was confident, however, that by being in Boston at a top cancer center, working with leading doctors who were at the forefront of both treatment and research, something could be done to help him. But the Read More >

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The Rare Disease Foundation as an Accelerator of Research


The Hereditary Neuropathy Foundation (HNF) was founded in 2001 by Allison Moore after she was diagnosed with Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease. Many rare disease patients and parents either join or start a foundation while many others suffer in silence. Allison resolved to do the former, and set out to get the research on the disease moving. This led her to develop the Therapeutic Research in Accelerated Discovery (TRIAD) as a collaborative model with academia, government, and Read More >

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Rare Disease Profile: Batten Disease


In 2007, we were living an ordinary life outside of Chicago.  We had three children: Noah and fraternal twin girls, Laine & Emily.  Life was good, then things began to change. Noah began life as a normal child.  He talked, giggled, loved watching trains, wrestling with Daddy, and getting into a little mischief.  When Noah was about three years old, he began having tremors and forgetting words and phrases he once mastered.  Months later, he Read More >

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Making Green from Rhamnolipid-based Biosurfactants


People often ask me how Logos Technologies got into making biosurfactants for use in soaps, shampoos, cosmetics, industrial cleaners, and other products. After all, we’re better known as a defense and engineering company. The short answer is, a decade ago, we assembled a team to work on bio-based technologies, initially biofuels. Then, over the years, while looking for products to commercialize, we hit upon rhamnolipids. It’s been long recognized thatthis class of glycolipids is useful Read More >

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Climbing the Same Mountain: How Rare Disease Day Has Changed Our World


Rare Disease Day has a short history in the arena of national awareness events. It’s only been celebrated since 2008 in Europe and 2009 in the United States and if you check most web calendars of national awareness months/weeks/days, unfortunately you will not find Rare Disease Day listed. Is it correct to say that Rare Disease Day has changed our world? How is that possible in just eight short years? What is it about Rare Read More >

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