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Welcome to the Empowered Patient Podcast with Karen Jagoda.  This show is a window into the latest innovations in applying generative AI, novel therapeutics and vaccines, and the changing dynamics in the medical and healthcare environment. One focus is on how providers, pharmaceutical companies, and payers are empowering patients.  In addition, conversations are often about how providers, care facilities, pharmaceutical companies, and payers are being empowered by technology to improve patient outcomes and reduce friction across the healthcare landscape.

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  • Virtual and digital health
  • Use of AI, ML, and LLM in healthcare and drug discovery, development, trials
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  • Precision and stratified medicine
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  • Next-generation immuno, cell, and gene therapies
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  • Clinical trials
  • Addressing Social Determinants of Health
  • Treating chronic conditions like obesity and pain
  • Clinician and staff burnout

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Aug 30, 2021

Karen Chen is the Chief Executive Officer of the Spinal Muscular Atrophy Foundation.  With a background in drug development having worked in pharma and biotech in neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, Karen brings a deep understanding of the value of treating rare diseases that are genetically defined.

Karen explains, "The foundation is a little unusual as far as a nonprofit because we are really focused on our sole mission, which is to accelerate the development of treatments for SMA. And unlike other organizations, we're really not focused on raising awareness or raising funds as much as some of our sister SMA nonprofits. So we have really partnered with biotech and pharmaceutical companies to develop drugs for SMA. And SMA is one of the leading genetic causes of death in young children. It's actually the leading genetic killer of children."

"So even though there are three types, four if you include the adult form of SMA, it's all caused by the same underlying missing gene. The differences in severity are really a result of this backup gene that I talked about, SMN2."

#SMA #SpinalMuscularAtrophy #RareDisease #SMN2 #Evrysdi #Spinraza #Genentech #Biogen #SMAAwarenessMonth

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SMA Foundation