Contrary to what its name implies, rare diseases are anything but rare. According to NCATS, 25-30 million people in the United States suffer from rare diseases, which averages out to about 1 in 10 Americans. Worldwide, an estimated 350 million people are living with rare diseases. The terminological disconnect can be explained by the approximately 7,000 different types of rare diseases and orphan disorder—a staggering figure that is growing every day.
Clearly, there's a high demand for cultivating research and treatments for rare diseases. So what's standing in the way?Read More