Your group can support the early phases of therapy development in multiple ways, including collecting and sharing data from your patient community and helping to fund and prioritize research activity.
Discovery is the scientific exploration to find therapies that may be able to treat or cure your disease. Potential therapies include drugs, medical devices and biologics. Researchers often discover potential therapies through new scientific insights or by testing compounds for beneficial effects. After early testing of many potential options, researchers will select promising ones for further study.
It is ideal for your group to engage in research from the beginning. When researchers and industry partners understand your patient community’s needs and priorities and can track the natural history of your disease, they can target their research projects accordingly. You can often accelerate research by encouraging collaboration among scientists, government and industry. You can also support research through efforts to increase funding for the development of translational research tools and discovery of potential therapies.