The time from identifying a drug target to a new drug approval is often measured in decades and can take even longer for therapies to treat rare diseases. In fact, 95% of rare diseases do not have a specific therapy approved at all. Coordinated efforts to augment the drug development pipeline along with long-term and comprehensive support that enable scientific breakthroughs for rare diseases are possible, but it requires integration across multiple stakeholders. This article analyzes the coordinated funding efforts of four federal and philanthropic organizations to advance drug development for neurofibromatosis type 1-associated tumors and discusses how these organizations have been collaborating and evolved practices to optimize funding and research support.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Medicine