WHENFebruary 07, 2015 @ 8:00am - 5:00pm

4th Annual SABPA Medical Devices and Diagnostics Forum 

Breakthrough Technologies Accelerating Diagnosis and Filling the Therapeutic Gap

for Rare and Genetic Diseases


According to a 2013 Rare Disease Impact Report conducted by Shire, the economic impact of diagnosing and management of rare disease is substantial. One of the key findings the report revealed is that it takes, on average, more than seven years for a rare disease patient in the US to receive an accurate diagnosis. There are 6,000 rare disease recognized by NIH and yet only approximately 200 of these illnesses have effective pharmacologic treatment coverage. There is a gap of medicines and therapies that can address certain unmet medical needs of rare disease patients that has major growth potential for pharma and device companies in the market for orphan disease.


Sino-American Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Professional Association (SABPA) Medical Device and Diagnostic (MDD) Forum will bring together stakeholders of in research, academia, regulatory and investment to foster partnerships that will boost the development of medical device, drug, and biological products for rare disease patients; and ultimately improving the diagnosis, treatment and care of patients and their families.


8:00 am            Registration & Breakfast

8:45 am            Welcome and Opening Remarks

8:55 am            Documentary Trailer on “Undiagnosed” Patients

9:00 am    Keynote Speaker: Research and Drug Development for Rare Diseases: NIH Initiatives and Resources

Rashmi Gopal-Srivastava, Ph.D., Director, Extramural Research Program, Office of Rare Diseases Research (ORDR), NCATS, NIH

9:30 am            Solving the Unsolvable: the Genomics Revolution at Our Fingertips

Ryan Taft, Ph.D., Director Scientific Research, Illumina, Inc.

9:55 am            Key FDA Challenges in Bringing Orphan Drugs to the Market in the United States

Michael Swit, J.D., Senior Director, Compliance & Regulatory, Legal, Illumina, Inc.

10:20 am          Coffee Break & Networking

10:50 am  Home-based Non-invasive Brain Monitoring for Individuals with Rare Neurological Conditions

Philip Low, Ph.D., Founder, Chairman & CEO, Neurovigil Inc.

11:15 am          Venture Philanthropy: A Novel Approach for Funding Rare Disease Research

John Wetherell, Ph.D., Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman

11:40 am  Panel Discussion: New approaches to overcome obstacles and drive discovery and innovation for faster patient impact

                        Moderator: Christina Waters, Ph.D., CEO & Founder, Rare Science

Panelists:   Christian Braemer, CEO & CO-Founder, Benefunder

Hudson Freeze, Ph.D., Director, Human Genetics Program, Sanford Children’s      Health Research Center

  John Walmsley, Vice President of Product Development, Starfish Medical

  Kim Goodsell, Patient Advocate

12:40 pm         Closing Remarks

12:45 pm         Lunch & Networking


2015 MDD Forum: Caroline Cheung (Chair), Hua Gong, Ph.D. and Lei Zhang, Ph.D. (Co-Chairs)


When                    8:00 am – 2:00 pm, Saturday, February 7, 2015

Where                   Knobbe Martens (12790 El Camino Real, San Diego, CA 92130)

Registration   https://www.123signup.com/event?id=ysmzj

For event sponsorship, please contact sponsorship@sabpa.org