The search for a diagnosis can be a long and difficult journey for patients with a rare disease, but CrowdMed is offering a different way for them to find the answers they seek. The web-based service allows patients to tap a multidisciplinary team of experts to help them solve their medical mysteries. We spoke to Jared Heyman, founder and CEO of CrowdMed about the service, how the experience his sister faced in getting a diagnosis for a rare disease led to its creation, and why the company, even though its backed by top-flight investors, is now turning to crowdfunding to raise capital.
RARECast is a weekly series by Daniel S. Levine. Levine is an award-winning business journalist who has reported on the life sciences, economic development, and business policy issues throughout his 25-year career. He founded Levine Media Group in 2013, which produces The Bio Report and RARECast podcasts. Read his full bio here.