Cambridge, MA, USA & Rostock/Berlin, Germany, February 29, 2020 – CENTOGENE (Nasdaq: CNTG), a commercial-stage company focused on rare diseases that transforms real-world clinical and genetic data into actionable information for patients, physicians and pharmaceutical companies, will be raising awareness and building community for all those affected by rare genetic diseases with simultaneous events in Berlin, Germany, Lahore, Pakistan, and Mexico City, Mexico on Rare Disease Day 2020. CENTOGENE’s Rare Disease Day events will bring together patients, advocacy groups, policy makers, researchers, health professionals, and the wider community – focused on improving the overall knowledge and identifying solutions to the challenges that rare diseases pose to patients and their families.
"Rare Disease Day is extremely important for people everywhere and from all backgrounds to come together and increase awareness of rare diseases. While rare diseases are often overlooked due to the very nature of the term, in reality, rare diseases affect roughly 350 million individuals around the world ─ having an immense impact on not only the patients, but also our communities. Our mission is to shorten the diagnostic odyssey of all rare patients, and with these global events we want to emphasize the vital collaboration that will make life-changing impacts," said Prof. Arndt Rolfs, Founder and CEO of CENTOGENE.
CENTOGENE's Rare Disease Day 2020 activities will kick off in Lahore, Pakistan. The Company together with the Children’s Hospital of Lahore, will hold a special Rare Disease Day 2020 celebration spotlighting the diagnostic and everyday challenges patients and their families face. The event will include presentations, talks, and a panel discussion reflecting the perspectives of patients and patient organizations.
The rare disease spotlight will then be passed to Berlin, where policy makers, public authorities, researchers, health professionals, and community members will come together under one roof to discuss innovative approaches to shorten the diagnostic odyssey of rare disease patients. Throughout the day, there will be presentations, musical performances, and short films featuring rare disease patients and their families. As part of the event, CENTOGENE will kick-off the inaugural Rare Disease Film Festival 2021.
CENTOGENE, the Iberoamerican Alliance of Rare Diseases (ALIBER), and the Mexican Organization of Rare Diseases (OMER) will then wrap-up Rare Disease Day alongside patients, patient organizations, physicians, politicians, and community members from all over Latin America. The event will emphasize the vital role of patient organizations, and serve as an opportunity for all sides to discuss a collaborative approach and modern technologies to create life-changing solutions for rare disease patients and their families
As part of the global events, CENTOGENE will provide details on the film competition that will immediately commence following the 2020 events. "We are excited to have whet the creative appetite of artists for the film competition", said Arndt Rolfs. "This will help the topic of rare diseases gain the attention it deserves - after all, it affects over 350 million people worldwide."
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