Our commitment to inflammation
At Galapagos, we believe we can have a meaningful impact on the lives of millions of people who currently live with an inflammatory disease and we are driven to make a difference.
Autoimmune and chronic inflammatory diseases (AICIDs) occur when the body’s immune system attacks its own cells and causes an inflammatory response.1,2 Chronic inflammatory diseases are currently estimated to affect one in every 20 people in Western society.3 Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), Ulcerative Colitis (UC) are all examples of inflammatory conditions affecting around 5 million Europeans.4-6
These diseases bear a heavy cost on individuals that are living with the impact of the disease every day. For example, a person living with RA may struggle with simple everyday tasks such as tying their shoelaces or even combing their hair.7 Similarly, a person living with UC may severely limit their social life, relationships and their career out of fear of experiencing symptoms in a public place or with a partner.8
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