Patient Empowerment Program: A Rare Disease Podcast

n-Lorem Foundation

Join the nano-rare disease community! Interviews features leading physicians, scientists, biotech experts, and patient advocates. Lessons teach core concepts about drugs. Our host Dr. Crooke has led the creation of antisense technology and his foundation, n-Lorem, is using this powerful technology to discover, develop, and provide personalized experimental antisense oligonucleotide medicines to nano-rare patients for free, for life. n-Lorem is a non-profit organization established to apply the efficiency, versatility and specificity of antisense technology to charitably provide experimental antisense oligonucleotide (ASO) medicines to treat patients (less than 30 patients) that are the result of a single genetic defect unique to only one or very few individuals. The advantage of experimental ASO medicines is that they can be developed rapidly, inexpensively and are highly specific. n-Lorem was founded by Dr. Stan Crooke, who founded IONIS Pharmaceuticals in 1989 and, through his vision and leadership, established the company as the leader in RNA-targeted therapeutics. This podcast is produced by n-Lorem Foundation and hosted by Dr. Stanley T. Crooke, who is our Founder, CEO and Chairman. Our videographer is Jon Magnuson. Our producers are Kira Dineen, Jon Magnuson, Kim Butler, and Amy Williford. To learn more about n-Lorem, visit Contact us at read less


Q&A #2 with Patient Families
Feb 7 2024
Q&A #2 with Patient Families
Charissa Lipman joins n-Lorem founder and CEO, and host of the Patient Empowerment Program Podcast, Dr. Stan Crooke, in this question-and-answer episode to discuss additional questions asked during the 2023 Nano-rare Patient Colloquium. Charissa attended the inaugural Colloquium in October 2023 and brings the perspective of a patient family member, discussing her experiences and takeaways from the meeting. She is the mother of Ryker, a nano-rare n-Lorem patient with a CACNA1A genetic mutation. Stan and Charissa sit down to have a conversation and together address questions from the nano-rare community. Do you have a question you want to ask Stan Crooke? Email for a chance to be featured in a future episode. For general questions, email this episode we answer:08:25 As you are successful in discovering and developing individualized ASO for nano-rare patients, do you envision creating a library of ASOs that would be available to patients across the world?10:29 For disease organization/patient advocacy groups that have several patients with the same mutation, should they apply for treatment as a group or separately?13:16 Would an ASO developed for one patient work for another patient with a mutation in the same gene?14:29 What's a SNP?16:19 As a nano-rare family member, I have never been so inspired in an opening address as what was provided at the 2023 colloquium by Stan Crooke. Given the mission of n-Lorem, I don’t understand how any researching neurologist (or any researcher in the space) would not want to be at the absolute forefront of what n-Lorem is doing. Why do you think there is such an obstacle to being a part of an organization that has for the first time an opportunity to move the needle in such a meaningful way?20:16 How would you describe the relationship between n-Lorem and the research physician, and what should patients expect from each side?23:44 What do you mean by an optimized ASO?24:59 Would you expect to see better results from ASO treatment in patients who are younger versus older?28:10 The FDA has certain designations for program review (Fast Track, Orphan, etc,), is there anything like that for nano-rare patients?29:35 I realize that there was significant work done in 2023 to streamline n-Lorem’s operations. Which processes in the workflow do you believe can still be optimized to help streamline patient programs?31:35 Has there been a change in the amount of time it takes to process a patient and develop and ASO...