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Children’s National Hospital Rare Disease Institute Partners with Takeda to Standardize Care for Patients with Rare Diseases

March 2, 2021

Rare Daily Staff

Takeda has made a five-year commitment to help Children’s National launch a first-of-its-kind rare disease clinical protocol program.

Takeda Pharmaceutical partnered with the Washington, D.C.-based hospital to launch a first-of-its-kind rare disease clinical protocol program that will provide a networked system for the development, dissemination, and curation of protocols to help standardize the process of diagnosis and care for patients with rare diseases.

Rare Disease Clinical Activity Protocols (Rare-CAP) will be led by the Rare Disease Institute at the new Children’s National Research & Innovation Campus that opened in February 2021 on the grounds of the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Takeda is committing $3.85 million over five years to help launch and sustain the program. Rare-CAP will leverage several novel features to serve as a protocol platform that reduces barriers for researchers, clinicians, and patients in determining appropriate diagnosis and clinical care for rare disease patients. This includes ongoing input from patients and families and an open “wiki” format for near real-time updates from vetted contributors to enable access to the latest, real world data.

Rare diseases impact hundreds of millions of families around the world. Currently, no overarching model exists for uniform standards of care and diagnosis. It can take years for patients to receive a correct diagnosis for rare diseases. Even then, care protocols are often hard to find, amplifying the pain and anguish that families already face in their challenging medical journeys.

“Just as Wikipedia revolutionized how we think of the encyclopedia, the Takeda commitment will help harness technology to revolutionize access to care standards for rare disease,” said Marshall Summar, founding director of the Children’s National Rare Disease Institute and chief of the Division of Genetics and Metabolism at the hospital.

The Children’s National Rare Disease Institute is focused exclusively on advancing the care and treatment of children and adults with rare genetic diseases. It provides a medical home for patients and families seeking the most advanced care and expertise for rare genetic conditions that remain largely unknown to the general medical community. Takeda’s commitment represents one of the institute’s founding partnerships.

“With a rare disease typically affecting fewer than 1 in 200,000 people, there are unfortunately few standardized care protocols in place once a diagnosis is confirmed,” says Tom Koutsavlis, Takeda head of U.S. Medical Affairs.

He also noted that Rare-CAP will help patients get faster access to the optimized treatment for their particular rare disease diagnosis, which is critical in helping them achieve better health.

Photo: Marshall Summar, founding director of the Children’s National Rare Disease Institute and chief of the Division of Genetics and Metabolism at the hospital

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