Neurodegenerative diseases occur when nerve cells in the brain or peripheral nervous system progressively lose structure and/or function and ultimately die. Significant challenges remain in research and drug development for rare neurodegenerative diseases and advances are needed to improve the lives of those affected.
Critical Path for Rare Neurodegenerative Diseases (CP-RND), brings together multiple experts in rare neurodegenerative diseases, including ALS, as well as biopharmaceutical companies, regulators, patient communities and advocacy organizations to accelerate and advance our understanding of disease pathology, treatment options, diagnostics and drug development.
C-Path has built a robust infrastructure within a precompetitive framework that provides a safe harbor for commercial drug developers to bring data and shared learnings. This, combined with independent efforts from the FDA and NIH, provides a prime opportunity and unique global venue for accelerating drug and therapeutic development in rare neurodegenerative diseases. CP-RND also facilitates interactions and collaboration with the FDA and NIH, as well as the external biomedical research community to discuss cross-cutting clinical and regulatory policy issues, and foster consistent decision making.
CP-RND is focused on increasing our understanding of disease pathogenesis and natural history by quantifying disease progression. This includes the evaluation of potential biomarkers from patient-level data and optimization of clinical trial design, including exploration of innovative trial designs, in order to improve the efficiency and success of drug development.
This, together with the capabilities of C-Path’s Rare Disease Cures Accelerator-Data and Analytics Platform (RDCA-DAP) integrates multiple patient-level data sources across rare diseases, providing the foundation for leveraging advances in basic and clinical sciences.
CP-RND aims to enhance the medical advances for rare neurodegenerative diseases, including ALS, by:
- Bringing the experiences of those living with rare neurodegenerative diseases, including ALS, to the forefront of the discussion to inform researchers of the diseases impacts on daily life, what priorities patients have for research and treatment, key outcome measures they would find most valuable and best ways to improve their clinical trial experience…. [add landing page for patient tab here?] And to put the experience of the disease in human terms to better weigh possible treatments and courses of research to improve the quality of life (not a sentence – also sounds repetitive)
- Leveraging expertise from industry partners, physicians, academicians and other key opinion leaders across disease areas to advance qualifications and regulatory tools for the broader CP-RND ecosystem.
- CP-RND held its first conference for Rare and Orphan Diseases in September 2023 in Washington, D.C. The conference shared the program’s draft proposal for advancing research, harmonizing data, and working collaboratively across multiple research efforts to reduce burden on people with living with the disease and increase speed and efficiency of research.
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