We are a dedicated team of committed forward thinkers transforming rare disease in support of patients.

We believe that rare patient communities, equipped to securely gather and share their data with collaborating researchers and companies around the globe, will significantly expand diversity, equity, and inclusion in research and dramatically accelerate progress across rare diseases.

Our Vision

RARE-X believes that by enabling rare patient communities to more easily gather, structure and securely share critical inclusive data, through a common platform, in collaboration with researchers, drug developers and clinicians anywhere in the world, we will accelerate diagnosis, disease understanding, and development of future treatments and cures across more than 9,500 rare diseases.

RARE-X is…

RARE-X is a 501(c)(3) non-profit created by leaders in the fields of patient advocacy, medical research, biopharma, and technology.

RARE- X is piloting a series of demonstration projects, partnering with rare disease communities, to apply technology proven in other large-scale public health and genomic data-sharing initiatives to support the global needs of those developing treatments and caring for rare disease patients.

RARE-X is leveraging existing technology powered by the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, which will support patients (in data collection, structuring and responsible sharing), clinicians (in accelerating diagnosis and improving and tracking health outcomes), researchers and biopharma (with the data they need to identify, develop and track the impact of breakthrough treatments and cures).

RARE-X is adapting proven technologies and partnering with leading experts to create a federated data analysis platform, specifically designed by rare community leaders and scaled to support the diverse and expanding needs of rare disease research, development and care, around the world and in all communities.

RARE-X was founded on these core principles:

  • Patients’ data is critical to rare disease innovation — but does little to help advance progress if it is not inclusive and widely accessible for research.
  • Researchers need access to more and better data to transform rare disease drug development. Providing a way to silo-break these data sets is essential to progress.
  • Rare patient communities want their data shared, securely but openly — where it can drive better, faster progress.
  • Meaningful, equitable advancement in rare disease innovation requires global collaboration and sharing of data.
  • If patients are empowered as data stewards, it benefits all involved in rare disease diagnosis, research, discovery, drug development, and treatment,
  • Patients’ data should only be shared with their consent and for their primary benefit. RARE-X does not sell patients’ data.

RARE-X Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Mission

RARE-X believes that diversity, equity, and inclusion is the core of our work. We strive to promote the advancement of inclusive rare disease communities that value diverse, innovative strategies to solving the complex needs of rare disease patients. We accomplish this mission by engaging rare disease communities, leveraging national multi-disciplinary partnerships, identifying best practices for collecting diverse data, and fostering an organizational culture of continuous internal reflection and proper adjustment to accomplish our vision.

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