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New Data Presented from LC-FAOD Odyssey

Overview

Long-chain Fatty Acid Oxidation Disorders (LC-FAOD) are a group of rare conditions that impair the body’s metabolism from breaking down certain fats from food into energy. Although there are an estimated 2,000-3,5000 people living with LC-FAOD in the U.S., researchers have limited data on how LC-FAOD progresses overtime and how it is managed in the real world.

This is why Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical and PicnicHealth are partnering on LC-FAOD Odyssey, a new type of patient-first research that uses the anonymous data from medical records to better understand the day-to-day challenges of living with LC-FAOD. Understanding how a disease is managed and treated and the effects of these approaches in the real-world, combined with understanding individual experiences based on patient-reported surveys, can help address some important questions that could improve the future quality of care.

Preliminary insights

Ultragenyx and PicnicHealth recently presented preliminary data at the International Network for Fatty Acid Oxidation Research and Management (INFORM) LC-FAOD conference (October 27 - 28, 2021). From August 2020 - August 2021, thirty three (33) patients enrolled into the study. Some of the data is summarized below, and the full poster can be found here https://informnetwork.org/inform-families/:

Conclusions

These preliminary results from the LC-FAOD Odyssey demonstrate the power of linking patient medical records and patient reported outcomes. The data helps researchers understand how complex LC-FAOD care is, with multiple providers, care sites, and management strategies.

"I founded PicnicHealth after managing my own Crohn's Disease diagnosis," said Noga Leviner, co-founder and CEO of PicnicHealth. "We quickly realized we were actually solving a much bigger problem by turning each patient's messy, nonuniform medical records into structured data. The result not only helps patients directly but it also really moves the needle for research - which is demonstrated by these early results from LC-FAOD Odyssey."

“We’re excited to see these early results from LC-FAOD Odyssey that showcase the power of taking a patient-centric approach to LC-FAOD research,” said Nina Thomas, Vice President of Global HEOR & Epidemiology at Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical.

Moving forward, the LC-FAOD Odyssey team is looking for additional volunteers living with LC-FAOD to join the study and contribute their anonymized data to research. By working together, patients, Ultragenyx, and PicnicHealth can help change the future of LC-FAOD research.

Learn more and sign up for LC-FAOD Odyssey at picnichealth.com/lcfaod. If you have any questions, please email PicnicHealth at [email protected].

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LC-FAOD Odyssey: A Preliminary Analysis, presented at INFORM 2021

Data from real-world medical records:

(from 13 patients with LC-FAOD)

16 yrs old

Median age at enrollment

38% Female

15 providers / patient

7.5 years of data / patient

Data from patient-reported outcome (PRO) survey

(from 13 patients with LC-FAOD)

25,966

patients onboarded to platform

1,427,368

medical visits processed

56,861

facilities provided medical records

255,101

healthcare providers

95+

research programs

12

published posters and manuscripts

10

partnerships withtop 30 pharma

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Keeping Patients at the Center

This year, experts from PicnicHealth joined podcasts, webisodes, virtual summits and much more to speak to the importance of patient-centric approaches when building complete, deep real-world datasets.

1

Build a support network.

If your loved one is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s, putting a support system together might not seem like priority #1. But it’s never too soon to build a network of people that you can turn to in times of need. Cultivate connections today with the people who can be there tomorrow, or whenever you might need a hand.

You may also want to connect with other Alzheimer’s caregivers through a support group, whether it meets in-person or online. In addition to the encouragement and empathy they provide, support groups can be a helpful source of tips, resources, and recommendations for navigating the world of Alzheimer’s.

2

Stay organized.

If your loved one is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s, putting a support system together might not seem like priority #1. But it’s never too soon to build a network of people that you can turn to in times of need. Cultivate connections today with the people who can be there tomorrow, or whenever you might need a hand.

You may also want to connect with other Alzheimer’s caregivers through a support group, whether it meets in-person or online. In addition to the encouragement and empathy they provide, support groups can be a helpful source of tips, resources, and recommendations for navigating the world of Alzheimer’s.

3

Plan for the future.

It isn’t always easy to look into the future with Alzheimer’s—but doing the legwork now will save you from stress later. If your loved one is in the early stages of illness, you can involve them in conversations about legal, financial, and long-term care planning decisions. Despite the difficulty of these topics, you’ll all feel empowered by facing them early, and you can move ahead with greater confidence.

4

Explore treatments and clinical trials.

It’s an exciting time for Alzheimer’s research, with new treatments in development and coming to market. Ask your loved one’s doctors about therapies they can try or clinical trials they can join. One easy way to participate in research is to sign up at PicnicHealth, which helps to advance Alzheimer’s science by sharing participants’ anonymous health data with some of the brightest minds in research.

5

Make time for self-care

It may seem self-centered to focus on self-care—but when you feel good, you can be a better caregiver. Whether it’s exercise, a mindfulness practice, a soak in the bath, or just time to rest when you need it, carve out those moments in the day when you can unwind, reset, and stay healthy mentally and physically. Think of it as building up your reserves of kindness, patience, and understanding—which can only benefit your loved one with Alzheimer’s. And don’t forget to keep a sense of humor along the way.

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