Kim McClellan to speak at White House Rare Disease Forum

On Wednesday, February 28, as part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s goal to improve health outcomes, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy will host a forum marking Rare Disease Day and highlighting the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to supporting patients and families facing a rare disease and delivering progress against the nearly 10,000 known rare diseases that impact up to 30 million Americans.

Leaders from the Biden-Harris Administration and the private and nonprofit sectors will work together to: Elevate the experiences and expertise of people and families facing rare diseases; Share developments from the Biden-Harris Administration and rare disease community and learn from one another to accelerate progress; and Identify opportunities to improve rare disease diagnosis, advance research and access to innovation to deliver effective treatment, and boost support for patients and families.

WHEN: Wednesday, February 28, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM ET

WHERE: The event will be livestreamed at 

FEATURED SPEAKERS: Dr. Arati Prabhakar, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Dr. Danielle Carnival, Deputy Assistant to the President for the Cancer Moonshot, Deputy Director for Health Outcomes, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Dr. Monica Bertagnolli, Director, National Institutes of Health Dr. Renee Wegryzn, Director, Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health Nasha Fitter, Co-founder, FOXG1 Research Foundation Emily Kramer-Golinkoff, Co-founder, Emily’s Entourage Dr. David Fajgenbaum, Co-founder, Every Cure Shonta Chambers, Executive Vice President-Health Equity Initiatives and Community Engagement at Patient Advocate Foundation Dr. Joni Rutter, Director, National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences Tamar Thompson, Vice President, Head of Global Corporate Affairs, Alexion, AstraZeneca Rare Disease Dr. Edward Neilan, Chief Medical and Scientific Officer, National Organization for Rare Diseases Charlene Son Rigby, Chief Executive Officer, Global Genes Tania Simoncelli, Vice President, Science and Society, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Julia Tierney, Deputy Center Director (Strategy, Policy & Legislation), Center for Biologics Evaluation & Research, Food and Drug Administration Paul Melmeyer, Vice President, Public Policy and Advocacy, at the Muscular Dystrophy Association Kim McClellan, President of the Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis Foundation Annie Kennedy, Chief of Policy, Advocacy, and Patient Engagement, EveryLife Foundation

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