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Amicus Therapeutic is a biopharmaceutical company. This organization was founded in 2002 and it works to combat orphan and rare diseases. Amicus was founded by different venture capital firms who combined their resources. These firms include Radius Ventures, Canaan Partners and New Enterprise Associates. The company is led by three key people which include CEO John Crowley, COO Bradley Campbell and the company’s Chief Financial Officer, Willian Baird.
Amicus Therapeutics is a leading research and treatment facility in the fight against rare diseases. An orphan disease is a condition that is experienced by 200,000 people or fewer within a large population of people. A rare disease is defined by its ability to affect a small percentage of a population. Most rare diseases are genetic and the same is also true for orphan diseases.
The founders of Amicus realize that rare diseases can still negatively impact various ethnic groups and populations from around the world. Diseases such as cystic fibrosis, Lou Gehrig’s disease, Hamburger disease and Tourette’s syndrome falls into the rare and orphan diseases categories. Other diseases such as gigantism and job syndrome are also treated by this medical organization.
Various pharmaceutical treatment options consist of the Chaperone-Advanced Replacement Therapy or CHART. This is a proven enzyme replacement therapy that the founders use to treat people. CHART is the company’s leading treatment drug. It is used for various patients with unique conditions. This company has been helping the medical community to find viable solutions with their efforts in eliminating specific diseases.
Amicus Therapeutics opened up another facility in San Diego, California in 2008. Their original location is in Cranbury, New Jersey. This organization has also acquired Callidus Biopharma and Scioderm. These acquisitions helped Amicus Therapeutics expand its research and treatment options to combat unusual diseases such as Pompe. Amicus Therapeutics brings in a revenue of $18 million per year and is growing in a positive direction.
Solo Capital is a trading investment firm that specializes in consulting and proprietary trading. It was started by Sanjay Shah and he has been the one responsible for creating it from the ground up. The company is mainly ran out of Dubai and London with over 39 offices surrounding the areas. He started the company with a few college graduates and some partners that helped him get the business started. He told himself that he would give it a go for one year and see how the business played out. It played out pretty good for him. With a million dollar company that has a net worth of $280 million, he has been able to semi retire and enjoy his family more.
He wasn’t always in the investment and trading business. He originally came from Kenya and moved to Central London with his family where he attended King’s College. He wanted to attend college and study to become a doctor. After several classes and much consideration, he decided that studying medicine wasn’t something he wanted to do. He then began to study financing and accounting and graduated with his degree. After getting a job at an accounting firm and working there for many years, he started to realized that isn’t what he wanted to do for the rest of his life either. So he did some thinking and decided he would open his own brokerage firm, which became Solo Capital. He worked very hard to get the company where it is today, and has been able to sit back and relax a bit. With his retirement, he has allowed his executives to take over and run Solo Capital while he concentrates on his charity events.
He started a charity in 2014 that will aid in donations and help raise awareness for autism. It’s called Autism Rocks, and it is an invite only private concert that is put on by some of the most famous music artists in the industry. Shah was actually involved in the music industry for some time, and knows many musicians. Reported by Global Citizen, he’s actually had the pleasure of working with Snoop Dogg, Michael Buble and Drake are just to name a few. Snoop Dogg actually stopped by his house one day to visit with him and help him to get back into the industry. Shah found out that his youngest son has autism after taking him to a doctor’s office visit because he was acting different. Shah didn’t know exactly what do for him, so he thought if he could start a charity and really just better understand the condition that would be the best way to help his son. Autism Rocks has been very successful, and Shah hopes that it continues to help others in the future with autism.