Genetic diseases: more than 8 million euros raised for research during an exceptional charity sale

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Posted on Wednesday, September 14, 2022

An exceptional auction of contemporary art and unique experiences was held at the Imagine Institute (AP-HP, Inserm, Université Paris Cité), the world’s leading center for research, care and education on diseases genetics located at the Necker-Enfants Malades Hospital AP-HP. The fourth edition of this Heroes for Imagine gala, created on the initiative of gallery owner Kamel Mennour, supported by Galerie kreo, auction house Christie’s and comedian Gad Elmaleh, raised more than 8 million euros. This event, which brought together artists, galleries, collectors, benefactors and friends of the Imagine Institute, aims to accelerate research on genetic diseases.

“To date, 8,000 genetic diseases have been listed affecting 35 million patients in Europe and 3 million in France. Today, one in two children still leaves without a diagnosis and 90% of illnesses have no specific treatment. Research is therefore fundamental and all support is precious in this fight for life. Heroes embodies the breath, the inspiration, the agility and the spirit that allow the Imagine Institute to remain a world leader and to change the lives of children and families affected by genetic diseases”, rejoices Professor Stanislas Lyonnet. , Director of the Institute.

Heroes for Imagine, a one-of-a-kind auction

Faithful support of the Imagine Institute, Gad Elmaleh officiated as master of ceremonies for the fourth edition of this gala which brought together more than 300 guests or “Heroes”. 38 unique lots, including 24 works of art and 14 exceptional moments made up this prestigious sale of works of contemporary art and design as well as unique experiences. Many partners, collectors and personalities have mobilized for the event*. Find all of these works and moments in the sale catalogue.

Art and generosity united around the same cause: understanding and curing genetic diseases

Since the first edition launched by Kamel Mennour in 2015, Heroes for Imagine has raised more than 22 million euros. This event is a tremendous accelerator for research on genetic diseases and is fundamental for the Imagine Institute. It allows the financing of major strategic projects, such as the recruitment of new research teams, the financing of cutting-edge technological platforms that support the work of its 28 research laboratories, and the financing of equipment.
The first three editions brought together many donors and raised nearly 3 million euros in 2015, 4.3 million euros in 2016, and 7 million in 2018. The last edition in 2018 made it possible to buy a sequencer for high-throughput DNA that boosted child diagnosis rates from 20% to 50%; to recruit new research teams, including two specialized in neurodevelopmental disorders which affect half of the children seen at the Institute; to invest in personalized medicine and in particular in gene therapy and Single-Cell analysis by single cells; or to invest in research on non-coding DNA, which makes up 98% of the human genome.

Investing in the research and medicine of tomorrow

Thanks to the commitment of all the partners, personalities, big houses, and generous supporters and buyers involved in this gala, the results reached a new record with more than 8 million euros. These sums allow the Imagine Institute to invest in the research and development of new treatments, to carry out the projects included in its strategic and scientific roadmap, and to achieve its objectives: to double diagnostic performance and double the number of clinical trials in the next five years.

The funds raised will be donated to the Imagine Institute to meet its new needs and meet the challenges related to the development of artificial intelligence, data modeling, and data mining in research on genetic diseases. The reception of these advanced teams and technologies will require expanding and creating a new space for this Data Modeling Center. The data is a true scientific treasure to be explored, carrying immense hope for patients and their families.

Additional actions to raise awareness of genetic diseases and raise funds for research

From September 12 to October 15, the Imagine Institute is organizing “Le Grand Prix Imagine”, a raffle aimed at funding research on genetic diseases. To be won: an exceptional car donated to the Institute by a very generous donor who is a member of the Heroes Committee. The raffle is organized in partnership with HelloAsso. To find out more, visit here.

“Every day, 64 babies are born with a genetic disease”, this is the message that the Imagine Institute wishes to convey through its new notoriety campaign, which has just been launched, and created by the communication agency Havas. , patron and long-time supporter of the Imagine Institute.

Source and visual: Imagine Institute

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