2019 RARE Drug Development Symposium

Sharing Patient Voices Throughout the Drug Research and Development Process

A Partnership of Global Genes and the Penn Medicine Orphan Disease Center

RARE Drug Development Symposium

June 7, 2019

Philadelphia, PA


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2018 Agenda

2018 Powerpoint Presentations

2018 Photo Gallery


Global Genes and the University of Pennsylvania Orphan Disease Center (ODC) have announced the fourth annual Drug Development Symposium, in conjunction with UPenn’s Million Dollar Bike Ride (MDBR).  The Symposium has been developed for patient advocates to learn, connect and be inspired.  Attendees do not need to be affiliated with the MDBR and all rare patient, advocates and stakeholders are welcome to attend!

Thank You to Our 2018 Generous Sponsors!








Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please email Kathy O’Connor for the Sponsorship Prospectus.

 For more information, please contact:

Mollie McLaughlin
Manager, Meetings and Events
Global Genes
949-248-7273 x105
Samantha Charleston
Assistant Director
Penn Medicine Orphan Disease Center


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About Million Dollar Bike Ride

The Million Dollar Bike Ride, now in its fifth year, brings more than 500 cyclists and volunteers to Penn’s campus to ride either 13, 34, or 72 miles starting in the city and ranging across the Greater Philadelphia region. In four years, the MDBR’s 25+ teams have raised more than $6.4 million to fund research grants on the diseases they represent. The ODC ensures that 100% of the funds raised goes towards these pilot grants, with no overhead taken out.

All funds raised by Disease Teams through pledges are used by the ODC to expand the scope and depth of the pilot grant program. Following the event, a Request for Application (RFA) will be broadly distributed to the international scientific community requesting pilot grant applications to study diseases for which designated money has been raised. The ODC is securing philanthropic and corporate donations that will be used to match dollar‐for‐dollar money raised by the cycling participants. www.milliondollarbikeride.org