Episode 18

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18th Sep 2021

Unveiling High-Throughput Screening Results

Since the moment they got the diagnosis of Sedeghatian-type spondylometaphyseal dysplasia (SSMD), Sanath and Ramya have been on a relentless quest to find something to help their son Raghav. They have tried some off-the-counter supplements. They worked with a small biopharma to write an IND to get access to an experimental compound. And recently, their non-profit CureGPX4.org commissioned a high-throughput study (HTS) of roughly 4000 compounds.

In this episode, we hear the results from that study.

The whole theory behind HTS is 'shots on goal'. The more shots you take, the more likely one of them will score. In the biopharma industry, HTS is done at an industrial scale with literally millions of shots on goal. Because SSMD is so rare, they have no idea what to expect from this relatively small sample. This is groundbreaking work.

And no matter what the results show, the work continues. Decisions will need to be made about what to try next. This is the episode you have been waiting for.

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About the Podcast

Raising Rare
Imagine the excitement of becoming a new parent and then within hours finding out your child has a serious developmental disorder.

That is exactly where Sanath Kumar Ramesh found himself in the summer of 2018. One year later, on his son’s first birthday, they found out that their son, Raghav, had an extremely rare mutation of the GPX4 gene. At the time, doctors told them that Raghav may be the only one on the planet with this genetic variant who had lived beyond one month of life. The prognosis is completely unknown.

They were alone.

They were scared.

And then they went into action.

And now they want to share their story.

Every couple of weeks Raising Rare will give you an update on baby Raghav as he grows up. We will also share how Sanath and his wife Ramya are driving toward a treatment for their son. We will explore the science that Sanath is initiating, their efforts to fund that research, and the people they meet along the way. We will also hear how the family adjusts to challenges and changes that they are faced with. Most importantly, we will share the wisdom they gain along the way so that other Rare Parents can learn from their steps and missteps.

We don’t know where this story will go. We do know we want you to join us for the journey.
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About your hosts

Sanath Kumar Ramesh

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Kevin Freiert

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