About the Presenters
Alex Fielding, Rare Disease Patient, Chemical Engineer & Business Leader
Alex was diagnosed in 2014 with Friedreich’s Ataxia, a debilitating, life-shortening dege nerativeneuro-muscular genetic disorder affecting 1 in 50,000 Americans.
Alex isn’t one to dwell on denial and anger. With the love and support of family and friends, Alex quickly applied his technical background to become familiar with his disease, the Pharma industry, FA research and all the relevant literature on FA.
For Alex, the quest for knowledge led to acceptance and hope for a treatment or cure. True to his nature, he became an Ambassador for FA, supporting newly diagnosed FA patients and their families and shared his FA journey at national symposiums. Alex has participated in numerous clinical trials and currently serves on the Board of Friedreich's Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA). “At this point in my life, FA is an asterisk on everything I’ve accomplished and the experiences that I enjoy. It won’t keep me from achieving my goals, but it may alter the path I take to get there.”
Sabina Kineen, Rare Disease Patient, Caregiver & Advocate
Sabina is passionate about sharing her unique perspective and journey living as a patient and caregiver living with the diagnosis of an inherited, rare disease. By educating others on her own life experiences, including those in clinical trials, she has sought to actively support both patients and industry professionals in order to build bridges and encourage health equity and patient engagement.
Sabina is a self-employed Patient Advocate since 2016. She was recently appointed as a Patient Advisory Council member with Lightship, a patient-centric organization designed to increase access, choice and equity to clinical trials. Sabina also serves as a Fabry Champion with Amicus Therapeutics and is a highly regarded public speaker at national & international rare disease conferences promoting the voice of rare patients.