Hello readers! We’re resurrecting an old Perlara tradition of recapping the previous month through tweets. It’ll be a monthly roundup of what happened at Perlara – new partnerships, staff news, events that Perlara team members attended, and anything else that was tweet-worthy. Catch up on October 2018 in tweets, and look for it every month!
October 2018 in tweets:
First and foremost, Chris Spiewak joined our Worm Team, where he’ll be working with Sangeetha, Kausalya and Hillary, and putting his passion for all things nematode to work. Being a team player, he’s currently also helping the Fly Team.
Today we welcome Chris Spiewak to Perlara!
He joins #TeamWorm with a background in bioengineering and biorobotics. He’ll also be assisting #TeamFly.
— Perlara (@PerlaraPBC) October 1, 2018
October was a big travel month for some on the Perlara team. Ethan warmed up for his cross-country travel schedule early in the month by discussing evolutionary pharmacology and startup life with trainees at the Keck Graduate Institute in Claremont, CA.
Thanks to @eperlste for today’s Industry Talk about developing cures for rare diseases! #InnovatorsStartHere #rarediseases #science #biotech pic.twitter.com/Cp8jI2YE1o
— Keck Graduate Inst (@KeckGrad) October 2, 2018
This was immediately followed by Global Genes’ Rare Patient Advocacy Summit in Irvine, CA, where rare disease patients, families, advocates, scientists, academics and medical professionals gathered to learn, network and collaborate. Ethan, Nina and Feba attended. This year, Perlara had a booth…and model organism stickers!
#2018GGSummit @GlobalGenes keynote speaker @rachelcallander asks rare families to ask themselves 3 simple questions:
What are you proud of?
What do you hope for?
What are you afraid of?
Check out Super Power Baby Project too https://t.co/peQfvBI0lx
— Perlara (@PerlaraPBC) October 3, 2018
Such fun and cute stickers designed by @richardsachs . Come by our booth @GlobalGenes to learn more about how we use model organisms in our #PerlQuest. @NinaDiPrimio @PerlaraPBC pic.twitter.com/Aoo0bHBvJx
— Feba Sam (@FebaSusanSam) October 3, 2018
#2018GGSummit learned a lot and had a wonderful time connecting with @PerlaraPBC current and future collaborators @FebaSusanSam pic.twitter.com/wNxOVlD7x5
— Nina DiPrimio (@NinaDiPrimio) October 4, 2018
After Global Genes, Ethan headed to L.A. for “Party for a Cure”, a fundraising gala hosted by Mission: Cure and National Pancreas Foundation.
Excited to be at the @Mission_Cure and @NatPancFdn Gala in LA!
Proud to be working with our PerlQuest partner @Mission_Cure on #CFTR #Pancreatitis!
Bonus is I’m sitting next to the @daniel_kraft at dinner. (Confession: I’m a fanboy)
Thanks @mgoldennyc and @LmartinLinda! pic.twitter.com/Q6iD3eazjE
— Ethan Perlstein (@eperlste) October 6, 2018
Back at the office, Jessica was hard at work. Earlier on the day of the “Party for a Cure” gala, she posted an update on Perlara’s pancreatitis PerlQuest partnership with Mission: Cure.
🚨🆕 post on The Ark!@jessplao with updates on our #Pancreatitis PerlQuest with @Mission_Cure cc @ArielMedicine @NatPancFdn https://t.co/u21qcbN0gi
— Perlara (@PerlaraPBC) October 5, 2018
Nina was active on the blog, too. Her first post was about Perlara’s Sanfilippo syndrome PerlQuest (MPSIIIA & MPSIIIB) with our partner, the Cure Sanfillipo Foundation.
🚨🆕 post on The Ark!@NinaDiPrimio shares the backstory of how our #Sanfilippo #MPSIIIA and #MPSIIIB PerlQuests with @CureSanfilippoF got started https://t.co/hHXfTMXe70
— Perlara (@PerlaraPBC) October 11, 2018
Nina’s second post was about launching the Cori disease (GSDIII) PerlQuest with the University of Notre Dame and the Warren Center.
🚨🆕 on The Ark!👇@NinaDiPrimio’s new post about launching our #GSDIII/#Cori disease PerlQuest with @NDscience and @retaylor61 https://t.co/eNjl4o92Uo
— Perlara (@PerlaraPBC) October 17, 2018
In the meantime, Perlara received some new press. C&EN (Chemical & Engineering News) published a piece on Perlara’s unconventional path to drug development.
My chat with @eperlste about taking the unconventional path in drug discovery & what's next for Perlara: https://t.co/tsXOlVdZah
— Lisa Jarvis (@lisamjarvis) October 15, 2018
After a short break, Ethan hit the road again, giving an invited talk at the University of Ottawa about using model organisms. Like at the Keck Graduate Institute earlier in the month, he met with grad students beforehand to discuss biotech entrepreneurship and the power of Twitter as a platform in the rare disease community.
So excited to hear @eperlste from @PerlaraPBC talk. Awesome to see a diverse staff and board. Favorite quote: EDI is "easy to do if you care"
— Kristin Baetz (@KittyBites1) October 19, 2018
“What is the screen-otype?” – Fantastic to hear about the determination of new possible therapies for rare diseases though performing phenotypic screens on model organisms. @PerlaraPBC @uOttawaMed @uOttawaBMI @eperlste
— Elizabeth Walden (@EWaldenScience) October 19, 2018
Then, he was off to Cambridge, MA, where he spoke about Perlara and PerlQuests before a packed house.
Excited to head back to Cambridge to speak @ tomorrow’s 2nd Chemical Biology in the Hub Symposium hosted by @AmerChemSociety and @NovartisScience! @DrAnneCarpenter @jaybradner @ArrakisTx @DanaFarber https://t.co/ckjUW0INeh
— Ethan Perlstein (@eperlste) October 21, 2018
Now listening to @eperlste on how they created @PerlaraPBC, the first biotech public benefit company to address unmet medical needs. #ChemBiointheHub2018 pic.twitter.com/hwJQPJqgHJ
— Milka Kostic, PhD (@MilkaKostic) October 22, 2018
Ethan ended his multi-city East Coast tour with a talk at North Carolina State’s Comparative Medicine Institute.
Thank you @eperlste for a great seminar today highlighting Perlara’s progress in developing models and hunting for molecules for #RareDiseases #PBC !!! pic.twitter.com/Ez5paWBjcS
— Sean Ekins (@collabchem) October 24, 2018
Last but not least, the month ended with Halloween, so there was some costume action at the lab. Nina tried to lead the team in an aerobics routine, and Hillary reminded everyone that it was lunch time.
🎃 Happy Halloween!! 🎃 pic.twitter.com/18OtWydPHS
— Perlara (@PerlaraPBC) October 31, 2018
That’s a wrap! We hope you enjoyed Perlara’s October 2018 in tweets. See you next month!
Image edited from original by Patrcik Fore of Unsplash