04 Aug, 2014Children With a Rare Disease May Hold a Key to New Antivirals


Sometimes, in tragic circumstances, a lesson can be learned and applied in unexpected ways. That appears to be the case with a rare…

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20 Mar, 2014The Trials of Rare Disease Clinical Research


While we previously discussed how rare disease research has dramatically increased in both academic and industrial research, clinical trials of potential rare disease…

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12 Mar, 2014Race to Cure Rare Diseases


Last year, Assay Depot announced our winners for the Rare Disease Challenge, as part of our efforts to raise awareness for rare diseases….

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21 Mar, 2013Rare Disease $10K Grant For Rett Syndrome


Our Rare Disease Science Challenge ended March 15 and Qiang Chang was voted as the winner of our $10,000 research grant. His project…

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28 Feb, 2013Winning Over Rare Disease


The Rare Disease Science Challenge: Be HEARD is entering its next phase. After 77 applicants covering 67 rare diseases, we have decided on…

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21 Feb, 2013Applying Rare Disease to Common Disease


Rare diseases by definition only affect a small number of people, but rare disease studies can reveal valuable information for more common ailments….

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22 Jan, 2013Rare Diseases: Orphans No Longer


One welcome result of the pharmaceutical innovation crisis is a shift from blockbuster drugs to rare disease drugs. We are doing our own…

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06 Dec, 2012Identifying Rare Diseases with Genome Analysis


Personalized medicine is increasingly becoming a reality, led by the idea that knowing more about genome will help customize the proper treatment, especially where rare diseases are concerned. Sequencing is the first step to learning more about a disease or a genetic pre-disposition, but the analysis step is where the valuable information comes from. Recently, we learned how studying human tissue can teach us about rare disease, but today we will look into how genetic analysis can help diagnose a rare disease.

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05 Dec, 2012Rare Disease Research with Assay Depot and Biopta


A big reason why scientists choose to do research is the desire to ultimately improve human health outcomes. Whether exploring how an enzyme interacts in a cell or the compound synthesis of a drug, scientists are building global knowledge and providing the framework for new treatments for diseases. Our Rare Disease Science Challenge provides the opportunity for researchers or families looking to further rare disease to work with service experts from many different areas. Assay Depot wants to help rare disease researchers find the service they need – either from a donor to the competition or vendor elsewhere in the world.

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28 Nov, 2012Rare Diseases: The Biggest Screen


Shortly after coming across a story about a mother and father who are forced to relocate to another country in order to obtain treatment for their baby son’s rare disease, we took notice of another American family with a child who shares a disease with less than thirty people in the United States take matters into their own hands and pursue the development of a possible treatment. Their story is documented in an upcoming film, “RARE”.

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