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Deputy HHS Secretary, Investors and Entrepreneurs to Share Their Vision of Upcoming New Era in Health Care
Date:9/18/2013

WASHINGTON, Sept. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- One of the hottest trends in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries in recent years has been the development of orphan products or treatments for people with rare diseases. 

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Now, industry-watchers are wondering how legislation such as the Affordable Care Act and the FDA Safety and Innovation Act of 2012 as well as current global market and investment trends may affect this rapidly growing field.

That topic will take center stage with an all-star platform of speakers Oct. 7-9 at the U.S. Conference on Rare Diseases and Orphan Products in Bethesda, MD.  Speakers will include Deputy HHS Secretary William Corr; entrepreneur David Scheer; and investors David Mott of New Enterprise Associates; Kris Jenner, Rock Springs Capital; Rajiv Kaul, Fidelity Investments; and Jean-Francois Formela, MD, Atlas Venture.

The conference will also provide an opportunity for approximately 100 representatives of rare disease patient organizations to share first-hand their needs and concerns.  In addition, senior Food and Drug Administration officials will lead sessions on FDA's new patient-focused initiative, accelerated regulatory pathways, and other current topics.

"We'll be focusing on the new era in health care," said Peter L. Saltonstall, president and CEO of the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD), a nonprofit organization representing the 30 million Americans with rare diseases. 

"There have been tremendous recent advances in research, regulatory practices, level of
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