There are 400 million patients worldwide affected by more than 7,000 rare diseases, yet treatments for rare genetic diseases are an underserved area. More than 95% of rare diseases do not have an approved treatment, and new treatments are estimated to cost more than $1 billion.
This special series focuses on important community issues, innovative solutions to societal challenges, and people and non-profit groups making an impact through technology. On a beautiful August day in a Bellevue park, just as he was getting ready to cut the cake for his little boy’s first birthday, Sanath Kumar Ramesh got a call from his son’s doctor.
At last he knew what was making his child sick, what was preventing Raghav from being able to eat on his own, raise his head or hold a toy. It was a mutation at a single spot in his genetic code.