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COPENHAGEN, Denmark, Sept. 17, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ascendis Pharma A/S (Nasdaq: ASND), a biopharmaceutical company that utilizes its innovative TransCon™ technology to address significant unmet medical needs, today announced its support of “Children’s Growth Awareness Week” taking place September 16-22, 2018, as a part of the company’s commitment to patients and to improving the lives of people with growth disorders. This initiative will be celebrated worldwide as “International Children's Growth Awareness Day” on September 20, 2018.
In July 2014, the U.S. Senate passed S. Res. 489, a resolution recognizing and supporting the goals and ideals of a “Growth Awareness Week,” to increase awareness in the community about the importance of what a child’s growth pattern can say about overall health. During Children’s Growth Awareness Week, the public is encouraged to raise awareness about the signs and symptoms of growth disorders and the need for early diagnosis.
Jonathan Leff, M.D., Ascendis Pharma’s Chief Medical Officer said, “Growth is critical to a child’s overall health. Growth hormone is needed not only to achieve normal adult height, but also for optimal bone, muscle, heart and brain development. When children aren’t growing properly, it may be an indication of a treatable medical condition.”
According to the National Institutes of Health, approximately one in 4,000 to one in 10,000 children have Growth Hormone Deficiency (GHD). Children with GHD are characterized by short stature, metabolic abnormalities, cognitive deficiencies and poor quality of life.
“Height is nature’s early warning signal, so early detection is important to ensure a child’s healthy future. Children have a short time to grow and a lifetime to live with those results,” said Teresa Tucker, co-founder and patient advocate for the MAGIC Foundation. “Our organization is committed to raising awareness of growth disorders so that no child goes undiagnosed.”
Parents and caregivers can learn more about the importance of measuring their child’s growth patterns and discussing any potential issues with their doctor. Visit www.ascendispharma.com for more information about the Children’s Growth Awareness initiatives.
Children’s Growth Awareness Week was initiated by the MAGIC Foundation, a national nonprofit organization committed to educating the public about children’s growth, providing support to families and helping those searching for answers about their undiagnosed child.
About Ascendis Pharma A/S
Ascendis Pharma is applying its innovative platform technology to build a leading, fully integrated biopharma company focused on making a meaningful difference in patients’ lives. Guided by its core values of patients, science and passion, the company utilizes its TransCon™ technology to create new and potentially best-in-class therapies.
Ascendis Pharma currently has a pipeline of three wholly-owned, independent rare disease endocrinology product candidates in clinical development. Additionally, Ascendis Pharma has multi-product collaborations with Sanofi in diabetes and Genentech in the field of ophthalmology and continues to expand into additional therapeutic areas for both internal and external development.
Ascendis is headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark, with offices in Heidelberg, Germany and Palo Alto, California.
For more information, please visit www.ascendispharma.com.
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