Everylife Foundation presentation

Creating Medicines with Real Value for Orphan Diseases

In Advocacy, Orphan Drug Congress, Orphan Drugs Live by Karina Kusova

We were thrilled to attend the RareVoice Awards in November 2016, where we met up with our Everylife Foundation colleagues to celebrate the amazing work undertaken by the Rare Disease Advocates and Legislators alike.

Emil D. Kakkis, M.D., Ph.D., President and Founder joined us at the World Orphan Drug Congress USA 2016, to give a detailed keynote presentation on Creating Medicines with Real Value for Orphan Diseases.


Investment is needed in R&D for Orphan Drugs, which is clinically a challenging area due to smaller patient populations. This challenge breeds less certainty about a drug’s potential marketability. Drug costs also always end up very high, as Rare Diseases require specialized therapies – hence why working with Payers and other stakeholders is so vital. Without financial incentive, offered by legislation, it is save to say that orphan drug development would be hindered, if not halted. Can we produce lower cost drugs for rare diseases? Two possible solutions include:

  1. Reduce the cost/time of development: e.g. Biomarkers
  2. Leverage the investment we have made in existing drugs

Download Emil’s presentation to find out more about these options and other legislative updates >>

Join EveryLife Foundation during the Keynote panel: Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA VI) and 21ST Century Cures – recent and pending legislative efforts to make drugs better for patients at World Orphan Drug Congress USA 2017  >>

World Orphan Drug Congress USA 2017