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S10: #099: Dr. David Fajgenbaum on Chasing a Cure for Rare Disease

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S10: #099: Dr. David Fajgenbaum on Chasing a Cure for Rare Disease

Identifying treatments for the 95% of 7,000 rare diseases that have no approved therapies
February 25, 2020
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S10: #099: Dr. David Fajgenbaum on Chasing a Cure for Rare Disease

Our guest: Dr. David Fajgenbaum is the co-founder & Executive Director of the Castleman Disease Collaborative Network and a Research Assistant Professor of Medicine at UPenn. After being diagnosed with Castleman disease as a 3rd year medical student and narrowly escaping death several times, David was told that there were no treatments available that could help him. David realized his only hope was to create a new model for advancing the fight again rare and deadly illnesses.

With 25-30 million people with rare diseases in the US alone, there is a tremendous need for new approaches for repurposing and developing suitable treatments that can help them. David shares his experience in the lab and in life as he continues his fight to change the way we develop drugs and do research.

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