Crowdfunding proceeds will be used to finalize first rare disease computer model
We're pleased to announce the launch of our #HackRare crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. Our goal is to raise $20,000 (U.S.) to advance rare disease research.
123Genetix has developed a big data solution called DeepNEU to empower rare disease researchers. Using elements of artificial intelligence, DeepNEU can create models of rare disease biology and discover and identify patterns and relationships from complex datasets, and even effectively predict future outcomes. These models are designed to empower medical researchers to discover potential new research directions that may identify disease specific biomarkers that can lead to new and effective treatments for several rare diseases.
The crowdfunding proceeds will accelerate the roll-out of our predictive computer models of rare disease biology. More specifically, the campaign proceeds will be used to finalize the social enterprise’s rare disease model for RETT syndrome and to purchase additional hardware and update software, which would allow us to develop, validate and deploy several disease models at a time. Depending on the amount raised, the proceeds may also be used to begin the software development of a dedicated database for the storage of, and eventual global access to, a growing library of validated rare disease models.
For more information about the #HackRare campaign, visit: http://igg.me/at/hackrare
If you can’t make a donation at this time, we would still appreciate it if you could share our campaign page on your social media accounts or do the old school word of mouth thing and tell your friends. If you do the social media thing, please include our #HackRare hash tag in your post.
The Unmet Need: A rare disease is generally a disease that affects a small percentage of the population. However, rare diseases are more common than you might think. There are more than 7,000 known rare diseases affecting over 300 million people worldwide. That’s almost the size of the population of the United States. In North America, rare diseases affect 8% to 10% of the population. About 80% of rare diseases have a genetic basis and 50% of rare diseases affect children. Unfortunately, less than 50% of known rare diseases have organizations to advocate on behalf of patients and their families. Compounding this ongoing problem is the ever increasing competition for limited and diminishing resources supporting rare diseases research.
For the past 14 months our small team at 123Genetix has been working hard to fine-tune our proprietary computer modelling technology designed to empower and accelerate rare disease research. Now we are ready to unleash our AI-based platform and make a difference.
As you may know, rare disease research is often hindered by severely limited resources. Again, we plan on doing something about this, but we need help.
That’s why we’re launching our crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. The proceeds will allow us to finalize our first rare disease model, which we will provide to a not-for-profit rare disease research organization free of charge.
So, if you like what we're doing and can help out in this way, please make a donation of any amount on our campaign page. We will be issuing a news release tomorrow morning to announce this campaign to the wider public. We are hoping that we can get as many early donations as possible to show traction and help ensure success. If you are able to, could you please make a donation at your earliest convenience?
If you can’t make a donation at this time, we would still appreciate it if you could help increase awareness by sharing our campaign page athttp://igg.me/at/hackrare with people you think might be interested in helping out.
Thank you and all the best!
Wayne Danter | 123Genetix
Founder & Chief Scientific Officer
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