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Forma Therapeutics Launches formabridge and $1M Grants Program to Support Transition from Pediatric to Adult Care in Sickle Cell Disease

Forma SCD Trend Report: The State of Transition survey reveals 62% of patients found the transition experience “moderately or very challenging” and 73% of physicians state there are a lack of transition guidelines and protocols in their practice or institution

formabridge grants will support programs and research initiatives to address unmet needs in transition from pediatric to adult care in sickle cell disease 

New transition resource hub for patients and caregivers launched at the 63rd American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting and Exposition

Forma Therapeutics Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: FMTX), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on sickle cell disease (SCD), prostate cancer and other rare hematologic diseases and cancers, today announced formabridge. Through formabridge grants, Forma has committed $1M in funding for promising and innovative initiatives that address unmet needs in transition from pediatric to adult care in SCD. Funding will be provided to researchers, healthcare institutions, patient and community organizations based on specific criteria. Proposals will be reviewed by a panel of Forma personnel and external advisors with expertise in the challenges impacting transition in SCD. Grants will be awarded to proposals that have the greatest potential to improve patient care in the first half of 2022.

“We’ve been moved by our discussions with the SCD community, particularly as we learn more about how patients experience the disease as they age out of the pediatric system,” said Frank Lee, president and chief executive officer of Forma. “Though great strides have been made to reduce pediatric mortality and morbidity in SCD, the period of transition leads to significant care gaps, and sadly is often marked by increased hospitalizations and mortality. Successful transition will require a collective and concerted effort to change the future of SCD. Our hope is that formabridge will play an impactful role in securing a safer and healthier future for people living with this disease.”

Forma’s inaugural SCD Trend Report: The State of Transition provides insights from a robust survey of patients, caregivers and physicians. The report highlights obstacles patients face during transition and identifies areas where patients and physicians have differing views. The report will be published annually and is intended to facilitate discussion on opportunities to better support people living with SCD, along with opportunities to support key systemic and policy changes. Key findings in the report include:

  • 62% of patients found their overall transition experience “moderately or very challenging”
  • 78% of patients report discrimination and stigma prevent them from receiving the SCD care they need
  • 73% of physicians agree there is a lack of transition guidelines and protocols in their practice or institution

“Increasing the understanding of challenges faced by both patients and health care providers during transition from pediatric to adult care is fundamental to fixing the problem,” said Dr. Nirmish Shah, a hematologist and the director of the Sickle Cell Transition Program at Duke University. “While there are no immediate or easy answers, my hope is that funding and other resources from formabridge can help to move the needle for people living with SCD.” is intended to serve as a resource hub for patients during transition. Through collaboration with patient advocacy groups throughout the United States, the site offers educational, credible and actionable information to help the community navigate Medicaid, disability benefits, and more, and is curated for easy access and understanding. The site also includes inspirational educational videos to engage and support patients during the transition process.

About Forma Therapeutics

Forma Therapeutics is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the research, development and commercialization of novel therapeutics to transform the lives of patients with rare hematologic diseases and cancers. Our R&D engine combines deep biology insight, chemistry expertise and clinical development capabilities to create drug candidates with differentiated mechanisms of action focused on indications with high unmet need. Our work has generated a broad proprietary portfolio of programs with the potential to provide profound patient benefit. For more information, please visit or follow us on Twitter @FORMAInc and LinkedIn.

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