Once a neglected market of the pharmaceutical industry, orphan drugs are now very much in favour as large drug makers search for revenue to cover a decline in sales of blockbuster treatments losing patent protection.
Collaboration has become key for big pharma as they move into the orphan drug space and are increasingly looking towards orphan drug specialists who have long been pioneering to treat true unmet medical needs.
Protalix Biotherapeutics are in partnership with Pfizer in the search for a treatment for Gaucher disease, and data has recently been resubmitted to the FDA for market approval. Amicus Therapeutics, headed by their inspirational CEO John Crowley are in alliance with GSK and boast a strong candidate in phase III clinical trials for the treatment of Fabry disease.
John Crowley, CEO, Amicus Therapeutics;
David Aviezer, CEO, Protalix BioTherapeutics;
Ed Mascioli, Head of Rare Disease Research Unit, Pfizer;
Philippe Monteyne , CMO & Head of Development, GSK Rare Diseases
are all speaking at the World Orphan Drug Congress 2011 in Geneva on the 29th November – 1st December.
Register before the 21st October to take advantage of the exclusive early bird discount and save €330 and ensure your business engages with the leaders of the orphan drug industry.