Name: James (Jim) Rusche
Where do you work? I am retired from directing Research and Development for a Biotech company that was active in FA drug development, Repligen Corporation. They are no longer active in therapeutic development projects.
How long have you been working on FA and who was the first fellow FA researcher you met? I started working on FA in 2007 when I was made aware of the research findings of Dr. Joel Gottesfeld at Scripps Research Institute. We started a collaborative research and development program to advance an approach Dr. Gottesfeld had identified, which involved increasing frataxin expression.
What got you interested in FA research? As a leader in a commercial company, I was charged with finding opportunities to advance new therapies for rare diseases in which there was no current treatment. Rare diseases with recently identified single gene defects like FA were important opportunities to develop new treatments and help patients.