Extraordinary efforts to treat an extraordinary disease

I first heard of Roger Kaspar and his biotech firm TransDerm mere days after arriving in Santa Cruz last year. The story, of his tiny company’s quest to treat an ultra-rare disease, stuck with me. I held on to the story for just the right opportunity.

TransDerm CEO Roger Kaspar. Photo by me.

TransDerm CEO Roger Kaspar. Photo by me.

The opportunity was Science Notes, the annual online magazine of UC Santa Cruz’ Science Communication program. Eight months ago I pitched the story to Rob Irion, program director and Science Notes editor. Today it appears as “Under Thick Skin.” Beyond the written story, I produced a portrait, a podcast, and a video – all incorporated into the Under Thick Skin package.

Please enjoy the story, as well as those written by my very talented classmates.

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