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Five Common Errors Made by Recently Diagnosed, Emotionally Overwhelmed Families Without Monetary Resources or Connections with Perlara Founder and CEO – Ethan Perlstein

Once Upon A Gene

Five Common Errors Made by Recently Diagnosed, Emotionally Overwhelmed Families Without Monetary Resources or Connections with Perlara Founder and CEO – Ethan Perlstein

September 2, 2021

Five Common Errors Made by Recently Diagnosed, Emotionally Overwhelmed Families Without Monetary Resources or Connections with Perlara Founder and CEO – Ethan Perlstein

ONCE UPON A GENE – EPISODE 098

Five Common Errors Made by Recently Diagnosed, Emotionally Overwhelmed Families Without Monetary Resources or Connections with Perlara Founder and CEO – Ethan Perlstein

Ethan Perlstein is Founder of Perlara and on Clubhouse every Tuesday and Thursday in the Gene Fixers Club. 

EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS

What inspired your work as an entrepreneurial scientist at Perlara?

It started at a professional crossroads when my sister received a rare disease diagnosis and it opened my eyes to the rare disease world. With a new personal connection to rare disease, having heard from patient groups on Twitter and being a professional crossroad, Perlara was born. 

Talk about the relaunch of Perlara 2.0.

Originally Perlara 1.0 set out to be the first biotech public benefit company (PBC) with a patient-centered model, finding families and foundations to be drug co-developers. Perlara 2.0 revolves around cure sherpas and guided cures. Guided cures is the process of finding medicines for ultra-rare disease with cure sherpas- scientists who devote time to a family or foundation on their rare disease journey. At Perlara, we are acting as a marketplace to match up cure sherpas with families and foundations that need a guided cure. 

How can patient groups create a self-sustaining financial model?

Crypto technology is being applied in the world of financing and there’s over a trillion dollars of value sitting in crypto assets, mostly bitcoin. This could be put to work through communities staking liquidity pools and putting crypto to work. Communities could also issue coins in stock as a way to fund raise. Small communities can find creative ways to bypass traditional funding gatekeepers and access potential market value and put it to work. Pioneers are needed to explore crypto enabled crowd-funding. Taxes and pharma profits are another way to raise funds.

Funding follows the plan, not the other way around. What do you mean by that?

With a focus on a deliverable, project, tangible goal- something to fundraise around with a crowd-funding campaign. It’s great energy, but the challenge is when you’ve spent the funds and didn’t get the desired outcome. The temptation in the beginning is to take any action, but energy should be thrown into more than one project and have a bigger plan so you can fundraise for contingencies and access additional funding partners.

Where should parents seek out resources to begin fundraising and building a plan?

Perlara, along with other organizations, offers resources to start. The first resource should be the scientist who has dedicated their career to the gene responsible for the rare disease. Identify who the scientists are in the beginning and make those connections.

RESOURCES MENTIONED

Once Upon a Gene on Clubhouse

https://www.joinclubhouse.com/club/once-upon-a-gene

Gene Fixers Club 

https://www.joinclubhouse.com/club/thegenefixers

Perlara

https://www.perlara.com/

Ethan Perlstein on Twitter

https://twitter.com/eperlste

CONNECT WITH EFFIE PARKS

Website

https://effieparks.com/

Twitter

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Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/onceuponagene.podcast/?hl=en

Built Ford Tough Facebook Group

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1877643259173346/ 

Once Upon a Gene on Clubhouse

https://www.joinclubhouse.com/club/once-upon-a-gene

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