When diseases affect fewer than 200,000 people, they are classified as ‘orphan.’ However, approximately 7,000 diseases are categorized as such, which translates into 25 million Americans! A $10 million anonymous donation helped lead to the formation of the new Penn Center for Orphan Disease Research and Therapy. The Center will fill a crucial need by providing the core laboratories, techniques, collaborative relationships, and expertise to lead an international, coordinated effort in the eradication of orphan diseases.
“Penn’s new Center will build not only strong collaborative relationships throughout Penn but also with other leading academic medical centers, as well as public and private institutions – all designed to translate innovative research into the clinic,” said Glen Gaulton, PhD, executive vice dean and chief scientific officer of the Perelman School of Medicine. “There’s simply nothing else like it.”