Amicus Therapeutics Fighting Rare and Orphan Diseases with Relentless Research

Based in Cranbury, New Jersey, Amicus Therapeutics, is a biopharmaceutical company that develops therapeutics for rare and orphan diseases that are called lysosomal storage disorders.

Their platform, CHART, focuses on developing of enzyme replacement therapies with which to treat these lysosomal disorders. They are known in the biopharmaceutical industry as having an abundance of small molecule pharmacological chaperones.

As Amicus Therapeutics does not have the capability of manufacturing their products on their own they must rely on contracting it to other manufacturers, such as JCR Pharmaceutical and GlaxoSmithKline. They worked with them from 2010 to 2013 in investigating the coformulation and recombinant alpha-galactosidase for the advancement of migalastat monotherapy.

Amicus Therapeutics expanded its research facility from New Jersey, opening a second research site in San Diego, California in 2008 (Yahoo Finance). Then in 2010, they were able to collaborate with David Geffen at the School of Medicine,UCLA due to a grant received for $500,000 from the Michael J. Fox Foundation, the same year they received another grant for $210,300 from the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation for pre-clinical research with Ichan School of Medicine, Mount Sinai, working with the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center.

In 2013, a competitor of Amicus, Callidus Biopharma was acquired which gained them intellectual property and proprietary access for an enzyme replacement treatment for Pompe disease, an inherited Lysosomal Storage Disorder caused by the body not producing the enzyme acid alpha-glucosidase or GAA.

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Their leading product, migalastat, which is used to treat persons with Fabry disease,a disease that can lead to progressive and irreversible organ damage. This disease will affect the nervous system as well as cardiac, renal and a multitude of other tissues. Migalastat is in the late stages of development.

Amicus has built a belief statement to cover their core values plus be a reminder for the reason they do every day what they do. Part of the belief is that they believe in the fight against these diseases, they strive to have the highest quality therapies for anyone with these diseases. They firmly believe in supporting the communities of these diseases and their families.
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Special Services Offered by Copa Star Hospital

Since time immemorial, people tend to go for quality and expensive services as they are considered genuine. Having realized this, the D’Or networks established a five-star hospital in Rio de Janeiro offering five-star services to its clients. In the region, the Copa Star Hospital is rated as the best hospital attracting patients from all over the country and even the surrounding countries. This means that the number of patients traveling abroad to seek further medical attention has reduced. The hospital came into existence after the 20014 world cup when foreigners wanted such kind of services. Other than Rio, the network plans to establish other hospitals in the region. According to a recent study, the D’Or networks have over 22 hospitals in Brazil offering this kind of services. This means that other hospitals in the area have lost customers.

To ensure that the hospital remains number one in the region, it’s constantly hiring new talents and uses a unique hiring strategy. At the same time, Copa Star emphasizes on hospitality and comfort for its customers. To understand the level of sophistication in this hospital, there is a dining area for the patients as well as a recovery suite and a lobby. Security is a major concern for this hospital and for this reason, the hospital has put in place measures to ensure that there is no trespassing. This has been achieved by use of uniquely designed entrances and exits to reduce movements as much as possible. In the past, the hospital has being attacked by critics who argue that the hospital emphasizes on comfort rather that recovery. The hospital responded to these allegations by offering their staff additional training so that they can handle each case differently. These requirements saw every new employee equipped with new skills so that they could handle the sophisticated equipment within the facility.

Sturdy joints and reinforced concrete have been used to construct the building. Within the Copa Star Hospital, there are over 59 intensive care units that have been fitted with the latest technology to allow communication with other medical practitioners in the case of an emergency. The article also revealed that there are over 150 beds within this hospital. Copa Star Hospital has an employee base of over 500 people specifically trained for different areas.

Every patient within this facility is given an iPhone that is used for many purposes. For instance, the iPhone has been fitted with an app that allows the patients to carry out many tasks such as controlling the immediate environment and even seeing their MRI scans. Within the facility, screens have been mounted on the wall broadcasting the surrounding environment. This goes a long way in helping the client relax and recover quickly.

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Maggie Gill – The Driving Force behind Memorial Health

Maggie Gill has managed to guide a sinking ship into a profitable institution that helps lthose in need. She is the VP of Finance and Managed Health at the Memorial Health based out of Savannah. It is no surprise that she has managed to become one of the pioneers in the industry through hard work and dedication to the healthcare industry. She takes up varying amount of responsibilities over the years in different positions in the healthcare industry and has proved her worth every time. She has been involved with many different operational responsibilities in the various healthcare institutions she has been part of and has worked over the years. From facilities management, corporate communications to physician’s assistance and internal auditor, she has been involved directly with different operations in the healthcare industry and is not afraid to take up new challenges.

Maggie has been associated with many other institutions apart from Memorial Health. She is a member of the Georgia Rural Health Stabilization Committee since 2014 and is also with the great American Hospital Association Governing Council. Maggie is also on the Board of Trustee of many institutions such as Mercer University School of Medicine, State Medicaid Subcommittee that plans Medicaid Expansion and also the credible Georgia Hospital Association.

To be able to embark on the success career right after college can only be attributed to a strong educational background. Maggie not only earned bachelor’s degree from a renowned university of Florida State University but also completed her MBA top of the class from Saint Leo University. When this was not enough, she undertook training in strategic thinking from the Wharton School to allow her to offer more to her potential employers.

Apart from having a successful career, she is also a dedicated family person. She is married to Shawn and has two lovely kids, Ryan and Bailey. The entire family loves to go for outings and on treks whenever their schedule allows. During an interview, Maggie when asked about what she likes to do, she replied that she is a mom to Memorial and mom to her family that takes up most of her time.