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Our results since 2012

The French Foundation for Rare Diseases follows an active scientific policy and launches 5 to 7 calls for project proposals per year. Through these calls, the Foundation facilitates the access of researchers to cutting-edge technologies (high throughput sequencing platforms, molecular screening, and development of experimental models). Of the 1061 projects received since 2012, 341 have been funded and are carried out by players involved in research and healthcare throughout France. The investment dedicated to these 341 projects by the FFRD amounts to 10,3 million euros.

Since 2012, 302 of the 341 funded projects funded have focused on the improved understanding of the causes and pathophysiological mechanisms underlying rare diseases and the development of novel treatments. The 39 other projects, funded by the CNSA, the DGS and the IRCEM Enterprise Foundation, support research in humanities and social sciences in the field of rare diseases, to improve the patients’ life path.

 

 

MISSION 1: DECYPHERING RARE DISEASES

 

 302 PROJECTS SUPPORTED WITH 15 PARTNER PLATFORMS

 

To help the diagnosis

  • 206 projects to identify the genes responsible

 

To develop new treatments

  • 96 projects to test therapeutic leads

 

 

 THE RESULTS OF THESE PROJECTS

 

To help the diagnosis

  • More than 90 new genes identified

 

To develop new treatments

  • nearly 60 animal models created
  • 120 therapeutic proofs of principle identified
  • 6 orphan drug designations obtained from the EMA
  • 15 connections with industrialists
  • 1 signed license agreement

 

 

MISSION 2: IMPROVING THE PATIENTS’ LIFE PATH

 

  • 30 funded projects bringing together doctors, researchers and patients’ associations
  • 133 research teams mobilized and more than 70 volunteer experts involved
  • 53 associations involved

 

6 SCIENTIFIC CONFERENCES