Althea Health is a healthcare startup that has created a novel platform for conducting and crowd funding health research for rare and neglected diseases. There are over 7000 rare diseases that afflict 30M people in the US, plus 70M impacted family members. However, because the population for any one of these conditions is less than 200K, these groups struggle to attract the attention of pharma companies and researchers.
Our web and mobile platform empowers these highly motivated communities to go beyond just anecdotal exchanges to advancing health research about their conditions; they can use the platform to bubble up shared health insights, engage researchers and fund research on topics that improve their quality of life. Think of our platform as "Social curation of health insights by patients and researchers meets a Kickstarter for health research".