Antisense pioneer and Ionis Pharmaceuticals Executive Chairman Stanley Crooke has launched a nonprofit to design and deliver custom RNA-targeted therapies free of charge for individual patients with ultra-rare diseases. The organization, n-Lorem Foundation, will leverage Ionis’ technology platform to speed the discovery and development of custom antisense oligonucleotide. We spoke to Crooke about the genesis of n-Lorem, how it will determine whether to work with an individual patient or researcher, and the challenges for regularizing the process of designing n-of-1 therapies for ultra-rare disease patients.

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