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New ALR-LRI Collaboration to Accelerate New Treatments for Lupus
Date:10/2/2013

to advance testing of potential new treatments in lupus.

"The urgent needs of lupus patients for safer and more effective treatments is the impetus for this newly energized, aggressive approach to drug development," said Margaret Dowd, President and CEO of the Lupus Research Institute.

"We are excited about this collaboration between our two organizations and believe that by combining resources we will be able to accelerate the development of new lupus treatments," Alliance for Lupus Research President Kenneth M. Farber commented.

Scientific coordinator of this project, Peter Lipsky, MD noted, "By maintaining complete objectivity, depending on scientific analysis and pre-set rules of prioritization, and engaging the academic, clinical and pharmaceutical communities in a transparent manner, this process should accelerate the identification of new therapeutic candidates with real potential to improve lives of patients with lupus and contribute to de-risking the process of developing new treatments for this disease."

Developer of scientific content, Amrie Grammer, PhD commented, "The project is eager to hear from all with expertise and/or interest in solving the seemingly insurmountable problem of developing new therapies for lupus, which can manifest itself in nearly every organ and body system. We are open and ready to assess suggested therapies."

About Lupus
Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that causes inflammation and tissue damage to any organ system in the body. The health effects of lupus include heart attacks, strokes, seizures, organ failure, and possible death.

About the ALR
The Alliance for Lupus Research (ALR) is a national voluntary health organization dedicated to finding better treatments and ultimately preventing and curing systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE, or lupus), a debilitating
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