Patient-led collaborations are transforming drug discovery and development in rare disease. How they are doing this will be the topic of a panel discussion at the 2019 Biotech Showcase in San Francisco January 8 at 4:30 p.m. Ahead of that panel, we spoke to Walt Kowtoniuk, principal at Third Rock Ventures and moderator of the panel to discuss the challenges of rare disease drug discovery and development, how patient-led collaborations are addressing these challenges, and how patient involvement can change the risk profile of drug development to attract drug company partners and investors. For information on the panel or to register, go to www.globalgenes.org/rareinthesquare