8-10 May 14Location: BerlinINFO
ECRD 2014
ECRD 2014

The Rare Disease Puzzle:
Bringing the Picture to Life.

The Rare Disease Puzzle: Bringing the Picture to Life.
In the past two decades we have identified the pieces that address the needs of the rare disease community. The challenge remains to combine those pieces into a picture that drives action forward with clarity and energy into a coherent and sustainable strategic plan.

None of us are protected by statistics.

The fact is that while a disease might be labeled as "rare", the number of persons in Europe suffering from a rare disease is estimated at over 30 million. Rare diseases do not only affect those diagnosed, but their families, friends, carers and society as a whole. While one rare disease may affect as few as 1 in 50,000 people, rare disease patients collectively comprise 6 to 8 % of the EU population. These statistics do not seem as comforting.


Why attend ECRD

  • Network with all stakeholders in the rare disease community
  • Learn about the current landscape of policy development on orphan products and rare disease therapies
  • Contribute to addressing the challenges of healthcare pathways
  • Understand the opportunities in rare disease collaborative clinical research
  • Hear about challenges and experiences in disease specific registries
  • Contribute to the discussion on how to improve gene testing, genetic counselling and newborn screening at the European level
  • Get insight into how to sustain attractiveness for companies to invest in rare diseases
  • Hear about the challenges of off-label use and access
  • Learn about the discovery process of a medicinal product from the point of view of industry and regulators

What is a Rare Disease?

A rare disease is classified in Europe as being a condition which affects less than 1 in 2,000 individuals. Because rare disease patients represent the minority, there is often a lack of public awareness. Common issues facing patients and families living with rare diseases include delayed diagnosis, access to care and medication and a feeling of isolation. This is true across different countries, cultures and all rare diseases.

What are Orphan Products?

Orphan products are medicinal products intended for the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of rare diseases.

What is ECRD?

The European Conference on Rare Diseases & Orphan Products (ECRD) is the unique platform/forum across all rare diseases, across all European countries, bringing together all stakeholders: patients' representatives, academics, health care professionals, industry, payers, regulators and policy makers.

ECRD covers research, development of new treatments, healthcare, social care, information, public health and support at European, national and regional levels.

ECRD provides the state of the art of the rare disease environment, monitoring and benchmarking initiatives.

More info: www.rare-diseases.eu