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Rare diseases: Opportunistic or Philanthropic?

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With special incentives associated with orphan drug status and the technological advances underpinned by better understanding of the underlying genetics, it is not surprising that rare diseases have become an increasingly attractive target for the pharma and biotech companies. However, while most companies' entry into the orphan drug field has been primarily motivated by the potential for technology breakthroughs and the business opportunity, the societal impact is also a potential major driver.

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