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Drug Repurposing for Rare

Diseases 2021

The #DrugRepo21 Platform is now LIVE on Swapcard! 

How to join Drug Repurposing for Rare Diseases 2021

The best way to enjoy our conference is via a computer, however, you may also join via your tablet or smart phone device. We recommend downloading the Swapcard app from the Apple App Store or Google Play if you wish to join this way.

1. Visit to access the conference platform.

2. Type the email address you provided during registration into the indicated box

3. On the next screen, you will be asked to set a password if this is the first time accessing the platform. If you already have a Swapcard account, enter your usual password here. Once you have entered your information, you will be redirected to a home screen. The conference will appear in a panel on this screen and can be accessed by clicking the link.

4. You now have access to the live platform for the conference

NB. If you are registering on 14th June, please allow up to 6 hours to be added to the platform. 

Drug Repurposing for Rare Diseases 2021

15th – 16th June 2021

Online via Swapcard

Findacure’s Drug Repurposing for Rare Diseases Conference is back for an eighth year, and this time, it’s gone virtual!  

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Our annual repurposing conference highlights the best examples of repurposing in the field of rare diseases. An event distinctive in its collaborative and multi-stakeholder focus, our conference invites patient groups, researchers, medical professionals and industry representatives to showcase innovative repurposing projects and encourage conversation between all members of the rare disease field. 

Naturally, this year’s conference will be a little different. COVID-19 has forced us online, but in grabbing the world’s attention, it has also become the poster boy for the power of drug repurposing. In a matter of months, scientists successfully repurposed dexamethasone to treat COVID-19, so why can’t the same urgency be applied to rare diseases? 

With awareness of drug repurposing at an all-time high, we have a unique opportunity to drive forward the agenda, demonstrate the potential of repurposing for rare diseases, and bring about lasting change for patients around the globe.

Let's take centre stage and harness the true power of drug repurposing whilst all eyes are on this cost-effect alternative to drug development.

With thanks to our sponsors


Corporate Partner





What can attendees expect?

We are building a diverse and inclusive rare disease community that works together to solve the common issues facing the world’s rare disease patients.

Through attending our conference, you will find an audience encompassing the pharmaceutical industry, patient groups, clinicians, charities, academic researchers, biotech companies, consultancies, and policymakers. All are brought together to highlight progress in the field of rare diseases and spark new collaborations.


At Drug Repurposing for Rare Diseases 2021 you can expect:

  • A series of livestreamed presentations delivered by experts from across the rare disease community.
  • Examples of projects that are breaking new ground in the field of drug repurposing.
  • A positive and collaborative atmosphere, with a focus on putting the patient at the heart of research.
  • Interactive workshops to address your most pressing questions in repurposing research.
  • Panel sessions and breakout rooms to instigate discussion and facilitate delegate participation. 
  • Exhibitions from patient groups and industry.
  • A dedicated patient group poster zone.
  • Built-in time to network with an audience of over 200 delegates passionate about bringing change for rare disease patients.

"Overall, a really informative and engaging conference with a diverse range of topics. Thank you for all the work in putting it together. I am hopeful that attending patient groups and companies will go away with several take aways."

"This was my first time attending a Findacure event and I would like to say thank you. It was well organised, had interesting and diverse speakers with different perspectives, and a lot of interesting topics covered in the presentations."

"Findacure always hold great events catered for the rare disease space. Tiny patient groups rubbing shoulders with industry representatives and actually having real conversations is invaluable."

"The mixture of talks from both patient groups and industry gave a broad perspective and raised important issues for the field to consider. All the speakers gave clear accessible and insightful talks."

"One of the best conferences on rare diseases in Europe. It is critical to get us all together in beating these terrible conditions and understand the patient impact."

"There was so much knowledge and experience in that room today - we need to harness it in an easily accessible forum so that we don't re-invent the wheel."

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