Rare Disease Congressional Caucus Briefing


Rare Disease Legislative Advocates in coordination with Rare Disease Congressional Caucus Co-Chairs

Representatives Leonard Lance (R-NJ) and Joe Crowley (D-NY), will host a briefing on

Implementation of the Rare Disease Provisions in the
Food & Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act of 2012 (FDASIA) PL 112-144

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

12:00 noon – 1:30 pm

Rayburn House Office Building, Room: B-318

Lunch Provided by event sponsors Amicus & Shire


  • Sec. 901. Enhancement of accelerated patient access to new medical treatments: Accelerated Approval for rare diseases, Emil Kakkis, MD PhD, EveryLife Foundation for Rare Diseases
  • Sec. 902. Breakthrough therapies, TBD, Novartis Therapeutics
  • Sec. 903. Consultation with external experts on rare diseases, Stephanie Krenrich, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
  • Sec. 908. Rare pediatric disease priority review voucher incentive program, Nancy Goodman, Kids v Cancer
  • Sec. 1137. Patient Participation in Medical Product Discussions, Allison Greenstein, Narcolepsy Patient Advocate
  • FDA’s Strategic Plan for Accelerating the Development of Therapies for Pediatric Rare Diseases – TBD, FDA
  • Emerging Biotech Perspective of the combined impact of FDASIA, TBD, Amicus Therapeutics

Limited Seating, RSVP to attend: To register click here.

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11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EST

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