NEW YORK (360Dx) – Shire, Microsoft, and EURODIS Rare Diseases Europe today announced an alliance aimed at accelerating the diagnosis of rare diseases in children.

Called the Global Commission to End the Diagnostic Odyssey for Children, the alliance brings together a multidisciplinary group of experts to develop a roadmap "to help the rare disease field … shorten the multiyear diagnostic journey," the partners said in a statement, noting that half of all rare disease patients are children.

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