The Connecticut Rare Disease Forum will be held in Farmington, CT on March, 7 2024

Farmington, CT – Join us for an afternoon of industry-led discussions on innovation in rare disease diagnostics and treatments, along with the promising impact of these advancements on patient outcomes.


1:30-2:00 Registration

2:00-2:25 Welcome

  • Jodie Gillon, President & CEO, BioCT
  • Lon Cardon, PhD, President & CEO, The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine
  • Alexion, AstraZeneca Rare Disease

2: 253:20 Panel 1: Research & Innovation, Diagnostics

This panel will provide the current state, challenges, and future directions in the context of rare diseases, discussing emerging trends and technologies in diagnostics, such as genomic sequencing, advancements in techniques, bioinformatics, and their potential impact on rare disease diagnosis and management.

Moderator: Lon Cardon, PhD, President & CEO, The Jackson Laboratory


  • Charles Lee, PhD, FACMG, Scientific Director & Professor, The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine
  • Banu Sankaran, PhD, MBA, Head of Diagnostics Strategy & Development, Alexion, AztraZeneca Rare Disease
  • Michele Spencer-Manzon, MD, FABMG, Co-Director, Yale NORD Center of Excellence; Co-Chair, Connecticut-Rare Disease Advisory Council
  • Dawn Cardeiro, MS, Director of Precision Medicine, Point32Health

3:20-3:30 Break

3:30-3:40 Video: Intro to the JAX Rare Disease Translational Center

3:404:15 Panel 2: Research & Innovation, Treatments

This panel will discuss the challenges and opportunities in discovering and developing pharmaceuticals for rare diseases, advancements in gene and cell therapies, and dialogue around innovation, collaboration, and patient-centric approaches.

Moderator: David Scheer, MS, President, Scheer & Company


  • Brigette Roberts, MD, CEO & Director, OrphAI Therapeutics
  • Martin Mackay, PhD, Co-Founder & Executive Chairman, Rallybio
  • Jennifer Good, Co-Founder, President & CEO, Trevi Therapeutics
  • Craig Miller, MS, Director, I&R Portfolio Strategy & Ops, Boehringer Ingelheim

4:15-4:30 Closing Remarks

4:30 Reception

Please note: Registration closes March 4, 11:59pm EST. Walk-in’s not accepted.

For more information about the event, including registration, please click here.


Event details

When: Thursday, March 7 · 1:30 – 4pm EST

Venue:  The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine – 10 Discovery Drive Farmington, CT