Relive Drug Repurposing for Rare Diseases 2022

by | Nov 24, 2022 | Blog

On Monday the 10th of October, we held our ninth annual Drug Repurposing for Rare Diseases Conference at America Square Conference Centre in London.

This was our first in-person conference since 2020 and we seized the opportunity to highlight the changing landscape of drug repurposing and what it means for rare diseases. We welcomed speakers from across the rare disease world who shared their work and personal experience, including talks on drug repurposing success stories and exciting new projects that are happening in the UK and across the EU.

For 2022, we shifted the conference’s programme to match the new drug repurposing landscape; one that’s filled with hope, promise and innovation. Instead of inspiring attendees with case studies on how you could succeed with a repurposing project, we took a more active approach by sharing how you can take your repurposing project to the next level.

Our programme featured big names who dared to believe in drug repurposing and are bringing repurposed medicines to patients at an accelerated rate, such as:

Drug Repurposing for Rare Diseases 2022 by the numbers

86% of attendees

strongly agreed it was worthwhile to attend

97% of attendees

would recommend the event

97% of attendees

made meaningful new connections

96% of attendees

felt a stronger sense of belonging to a rare disease community as a result of attending

100% of attendees

said the event met expectations

We are pleased to say that the event was a huge success!

We welcomed 18 speakers and over 100 delegates who came together to learn, make connections and drive drug repurposing in rare diseases forward.

We’d like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who attended and supported the event. It was your input that made it such a triumph.

We’d also like to extend a big congratulations to the five brave lightning talk speakers who all #BeatTheBell with their presentation.

A very well done to all!

Best of all, we received incredible feedback like this!

Overall there seemed to be an atmosphere of determination to get things done and make the patient journey less difficult.

Drug Repurposing for Rare Diseases 2022 attendee

I enjoyed the many opportunities to connect with others, meeting people face-to-face and the diversity of perspectives shared.

Drug Repurposing for Rare Diseases 2022 attendee

The event was expertly organised and made enjoyable through the engaging and informative presentations.

Drug Repurposing for Rare Diseases 2022 attendee

If you weren’t able to attend our conference, you can watch some of the exceptional talks delivered by our speakers on the Resources Hub!

Visit our Facebook page to view the photos from the conference and check out our upcoming Beacon events to join us and the rare community in the future.

See look forward to seeing you soon!