WASHINGTON, Sept. 14, 2016
WASHINGTON, Sept. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) announced the recipients of the 2016 Research & Hope Awards. This year, PhRMA recognized patient advocates and researchers for their tireless efforts to advance the treatment and care of patients with autoimmune diseases, a group of more than 80 diseases in which a person's own immune system attacks the body's healthy cells.
PhRMA was joined by 22 patient and community health organizations in honoring the 2016 award winners at an annual dinner in Washington, D.C., last night, featuring a keynote address by actress Jamie-Lynn Sigler, best known for her role in the HBO television series "The Sopranos." In 2002, Sigler was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, a chronic autoimmune disorder that affects more than 400,000 Americans and 2.3 million people worldwide.
Recipients of the PhRMA 2016 Research & Hopes Awards are:
"These awards celebrate the progress and promise of biopharmaceutical research and illustrate how our industry, and others in the health care ecosystem, work together to bring medical advances to patients," said Dr. George A. Scangos, PhRMA chairman and Biogen chief executive officer. "The 2016 award recipients all play a critical role in working to ensure that the lives of patients and their caregivers may be improved as a result of breakthrough science and innovation."
According to a new PhRMA report released Monday, "Medicines in Development for Autoimmune Diseases," there are more than 300 medicines and vaccines for autoimmune diseases currently in clinical trials or awaiting review by the Food and Drug Administration. Spearheaded by the biopharmaceutical industry, this progress toward new treatments and cures includes 76 for autoimmune types of arthritis, 58 for inflammatory bowel disease, 39 for lupus, 34 for type 1 diabetes and 32 for multiple sclerosis.
"These award recipients and the biopharmaceutical industry as a whole are leading the charge in search of new treatments and improved care for autoimmune patients," said Stephen J. Ubl, president and chief executive officer of PhRMA. "Through their determination and commitment to this effort, there is more hope than ever before for the more than 23.5 million Americans affected by an autoimmune disease."
The 2016 Research & Hope Awards honorees were selected by the Scientific Advisory Board of the PhRMA Foundation following an open nominations process. Twenty-two health advocacy partners joined PhRMA in recognizing the honorees, including: AARDA, American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, American Behcet's Disease Association, American College of Rheumatology, American Lung Association, Arthritis Foundation, Coalition of State Rheumatology Organizations, EveryLife Foundation for Rare Diseases, GBS CIDP Foundation International, International Foundation for Autoimmune Arthritis, International Pemphigus Pemphigoid Foundation, Lupus and Allied Diseases Association, Lupus Foundation of America, Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America, National Alopecia Areata Foundation, National Psoriasis Foundation, Relapsing Polychondritis Awareness and Support Foundation, Sjogren's Syndrom Foundation, the Mastocytosis Society, the Myositis Association, U.S. Pain Foundation and Vasculitis Foundation.
"Medical research is the key to ending the devastating impact of lupus and all autoimmune diseases," said Sandra C. Raymond, president and chief executive officer of the Lupus Foundation of America. "The Lupus Foundation of America has established a national medical research program that is based on establishing smarter research to achieve faster progress. We are proud to be a partner with pioneering biotech and pharmaceutical companies who have recognized lupus as a medically underserved disease and are working hard to produce new medications for lupus."
For more information on the 2016 Research & Hope Awards, visit phrma.org/research-hope-awards.
The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) represents the country's leading innovative biopharmaceutical research companies, which are devoted to discovering and developing medicines that enable patients to live longer, healthier and more productive lives. Since 2000, PhRMA member companies have invested more than half a trillion dollars in the search for new treatments and cures, including an estimated $58.8 billion in 2015 alone.
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