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Diving into Drug Repurposing

Findacure, and particularly Rick, has been talking about drug repurposing for a number of years hoping to convince the rare disease world, whether industry, researchers, or patient groups, that it is great way to develop rare disease treatments.

While we have dedicated a lot of time to running our annual conference to showcase excellence in the field, there has been less emphasis on educating the patient community. We thought that it was about time this changed, so on Tuesday 5th November we partnered with the MCDS-Therapy project to host our Diving into Drug Repurposing workshop at White and Case in London. This day-long event aimed to help patient organisations understand:


  • Drug repurposing and its relevance to rare diseases
  • The main ways to deliver repurposed drugs to patients
  • How to identify repurposing opportunities
  • The role patient groups can play in the drug repurposing research process