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Open Call for NORD Summit Speakers

NORD Rare Diseases & Orphan Products Breakthrough Summit™
October 15-16, 2018
Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, D.C.

NORD’s Rare Diseases and Orphan Products Breakthrough Summit is a must-attend event for all stakeholders in the rare disease community. Each year the faculty features 80+ unique perspectives from FDA and NIH, patient organizations, advocates, and academic researchers and manufacturers who convene to share cutting-edge insights and unique perspectives that can’t be seen in any other venue. This event is your opportunity to:

  • Network with patients, advocates, policy leaders, regulators, industry executives and researchers.
  • Join hundreds of engaged participants in a multi-faceted and meaningful meeting, with dedicated networking time within a fun and relaxed setting.
  • Gain tangible content, critical updates and innovative ideas to take back to your work. Equip yourself with new knowledge that can advance the dial in rare disease research and orphan treatment access.
  • Hear real-life stories of patients and families impacted by rare diseases and learn about cutting-edge advancements in genetics, research, drug development, diagnosis, treatment and access.

Submission Guidelines

All submissions must be received through the NORD website beginning Monday, January 15th and no later than Friday, February 2, 2018.  NORD reserves the right to use any portion of the submission at its discretion and also reserves the right to refuse any submissions.

When submitting a proposal, we request that you include a summary of your topic, including three bullet points to be used for marketing purposes on our website and in our conference brochures.

No sales pitches please: Direct promotions of products, services, or monetary self-interest are not appropriate education sessions.  NORD Rare Summit attendees are traditionally vocal in their displeasure with sessions that appear to be sales presentations or promotions.  Session attendees, press and/or staff may be commenting and/or quoting the content of your presentation which may appear in print, online, or any other form of media.

NORD does not compensate speakers with any fees.

If you have questions about presentation formats or appropriate topics, please contact Carrie Lucas at or 203-304-7264.

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