The BLACKSWAN Foundation is a Swiss foundation supporting research for rare and orphan diseases. Current Swiss policy has no public funding source for rare and orphan diseases, in spite of being a leader in biotechnology and pharmaceutical research. An orphan disease is one for which there is no active research or medical treatment. These diseases are largely ignored by private and public funders. Likewise, the public is unfamiliar with these diseases. Although these diseases are considered rare, it is estimated that as many as 500’000 Swiss citizens may suffer from a rare disease (7% of the national population), and 35 million Europeans. The principal mission of the BLACKSWAN Foundation is to collect funds to support research on rare and orphan diseases. Another goal of the foundation is to improve public understanding of these diseases.
All funds are directed to non-industry funded laboratories conducting pre-clinical and clinical research and to projects promoting research in rare and orphan diseases. All grant applications (funding requests) are peer-reviewed by an international panel of scientific experts.
Our overhead costs are kept to the bare minimum thanks to the contribution of our volunteers and through generous gifts from our partners.
The foundation’s accounts are regularly audited by the competent authority at the Swiss Federal Department of Home Affairs (FDHA).
2013 and 2014
– Beginning of the project “RE (ACT) Initiative”. The project aims at supporting scientific research on the long term by providing to researchers from all over the world, new tools that facilitate knowledge sharing, exchange of good practices, collaboration and crowdfunding. RE (ACT) initiative consists of the RE(ACT) ...