Rare Disease Science Challenge: Be HEARD Awards

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Voting for the $10,000 prize is over. Congratulations to Qiang Chang, who is studying Rett Syndrome! More info to follow soon. Thank you to all finalists and applicants to the Rare Disease Science Challenge and best of luck in your research.

Assay Depot and Rare Genomics Institute is pleased to announce the winners for the 20 research service prizes in the Rare Disease Science Challenge: Be HEARD. Nineteen generous life science companies donated 20 services, valued at ~$500,000, to promote rare disease research. We would like to thank all the sponsors for their help and wish all research projects to have great success.

Platinum (prizes worth between $25,000 and $75,000):

Service Donor Winner  Rare Disease
Custom mouse model Taconic Jill Wood Sanfilippo Syndrome
Clinical Development Consulting Charles River Laboratories To be announced
Genome Analysis Software Ingenuity Systems Multiple Winners!*
Primer design DNA Software Beth Drolet & Dawn Siegel Infantile Hemangiomas

Gold (prizes worth between $10,000 and $25,000):

Service Donor Winner  Rare Disease
Custom Zinc Finger Nuclease Sigma Life Science Vinicio de Jesus Perez Idiopathic Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension
Expression analysis Genemarkers Lori Silveira Chronic Beryllium Disease
Assay development Cisbio Bioassays Allison Moore Charcot-Marie-Tooth1A
Data collaboration software Collaborative Drug Discovery Jill Wood Sanfilippo Syndrome
NGS Analysis Novocraft Technologies Jason Chen Progressive Supranuclear Palsy
Bioinformatics software BioDiscovery George Carlson Fatal Familial Insomnia
Bioinformatics Consulting BioVariance Lori Sames Giant Axonal Neuropathy
TAQ Reagents Sigma Life Science Heather C Etchevers Congenital Melanocytic Nevi
Stefan Stamm Prader-Willi Syndrome

Silver (prizes worth between $5,000 and $10,000):

Service Donor Winner  Rare Disease
Sequencing services Otogenetics Joan C Marini Osteogenesis Imperfecta
Chromosome methylation assays Karyologic Shannon Muir Rhabdomyosarcoma
Compound synthesis Apertus Pharmaceuticals Allison Moore Charcot-Marie-Tooth1A
Plasmid acquisition Addgene Karen McFarland Spinocerebellar Ataxia type 10
Chemistry consulting SARmont Allison Moore Charcot-Marie-Tooth1A

Bronze (prizes worth between $2,500 and $5,000):

Custom antibodies Antibodies Inc Ben Philpot Angelman Syndrome and dup15q
Rare disease consulting Three Pillars Biotechnology Ann Nordgren Osteoporosis and Osteogenesis Imperfecta

*Ingenuity System prizes:

Ingenuity Systems has opted to award a prize to each applicant for its services. They are awarding a number of samples of Ingenuity Variant Analysis and iReports to these researchers.

Donor Winner  Rare Disease
Ingenuity Systems Alireza Baradaran-Heravi Schimke Immuno-osseous Dysplasia (SIOD
Ingenuity Systems Andrew Grierson Leukodystrophy
Ingenuity Systems Beth Drolet & Dawn Siegel Infantile Hemangiomas
Ingenuity Systems Christina Chao Fatal Familial Insomnia
Ingenuity Systems Guoping Fan X-linked Intellectual Disability
Ingenuity Systems James A Gallagher Alkaptonuria
Ingenuity Systems Jason Chen Progressive Supranuclear Palsy
Ingenuity Systems Natini Jinawath Cholangiocarcinomas
Ingenuity Systems Renee Sears Fahr’s Disease
Ingenuity Systems Sharon R Weil-Chalker Angelman Syndrome
Ingenuity Systems Stephen Sturley Niemann Pick Disease
Ingenuity Systems Svjetlana Lovric Childhood Steroid-Resistant Nephrotic Syndrome
Ingenuity Systems Yaron Butterfield Medulloblastoma