Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, Inc. Partners with Emmaus Life Sciences, Inc.

Collaboration will expand patient education, strengthen community-based organizations and increase national awareness efforts

Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, Inc. (SCDAA) and Emmaus Life Sciences, Inc. have announced a new partnership involving national awareness and patient education initiatives to address the complications of sickle cell disease (SCD).

The collaboration will expand educational materials for individuals living with SCD and their families to ensure that patients better understand the disease, treatment options and the importance of having comprehensive, coordinated medical care. The partnership also enhances national awareness efforts that will increase the dissemination of information to a broad audience through online platforms.

Additionally, the partnership will help to strengthen SCDAA’s community-based member organizations by providing online tools to build capacity and better serve the sickle cell community. SCDAA’s member organizations ensure families have educational resources to gain knowledge of the disease, provide needed support services, host summer camps, support research and advocate on behalf of families for adequate treatment.

“The sickle cell community is diverse and includes pharmaceutical companies that are working to find better treatments and a universal cure for this disease,” said SCDAA president and CEO Beverley Francis-Gibson. “Emmaus has been researching sickle cell disease for more than two decades, and we are thrilled to have their continued support of the sickle cell community with this unique partnership to bolster SCDAA’s work with patient education and awareness initiatives.”

Recently, after more than 20 years of clinical research, development and review, Emmaus Medical received FDA approval for Endari™ (L-glutamine oral powder), a breakthrough for patients living with sickle cell disease. Endari is the first treatment in nearly 20 years to reduce the severe complications of sickle cell disease, and the only treatment approved for use in children five years and older.

“SCDAA has been a longtime champion for the sickle cell community. We are delighted to partner with them to bring new resources to the table to help ensure that individuals and families affected by sickle cell disease, local organizations around the United States, and the general public have the tools needed to improve the quality of life for the sickle cell community,” said Yutaka Niihara, MD, CEO and founder of Emmaus Life Sciences. “Our partnership represents another step forward in the fight to bring greater awareness and treatment options to the sickle cell community.”

About Emmaus Life Sciences, Inc.

Emmaus Life Sciences, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company engaged in the discovery, development and commercialization of innovative treatments and therapies primarily for rare and orphan disease. It is initially focusing its product development efforts in sickle cell disease, a genetic disorder. Its lead product candidate is an oral pharmaceutical grade L-glutamine treatment that demonstrated positive clinical results in our completed Phase 3 clinical trial for sickle cell anemia and sickle ß0-thalassemia. Visit: