Ann Luise Wang

 Beloved Sister, Friend, Colleague and Passionate Advocate

on Behalf of People Living With Lupus

1954 - 2017

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Ann speaking at a Purple Passion Gala  Ann & friends at DC Walk for Lupus   

PICTURED (left to right): Ann speaking at a Purple Passion Gala; Ann & friends at DC Walk to End Lupus Now; & Ann checking Gala auction bids behind the the scenes.

The Lupus Community, and especially those of us who are part of the Lupus Foundation of America, DC, Maryland and Virginia Chapter family, recently lost a dear friend and colleague, Ann Luise Wang. Ann lost her valiant battle against ovarian cancer last week; she will be greatly missed.

Ann worked at Human Genome Sciences, Inc. from 2000 to 2013 and led the Clinical Operations team that was responsible for successfully executing the largest clinical trials ever undertaken for lupus patients. The efforts of Ann, along with many others, resulted in the FDA’s approval of the drug Benlysta™ in 2011. Among drug approvals and drug companies, it is rare to have a molecule whose target is identified in-house, the antibody created and manufactured on site, the indication a bona fide unmet need, and a novel endpoint tested in an unstudied patient population.

This combination is certainly rare and a gift to have been given in one’s career. Ann knew this and she gave an incredible gift in return by becoming an extraordinarily generous supporter of the fight against lupus and a passionate advocate on behalf of those struggling with the disease and their families. Ann’s leadership is exemplified in her vast volunteer efforts. She co-chaired the 2013 Purple Passion Gala to End Lupus, and worked at subsequent galas hosted by the Chapter. Ann also attended and walked with others to raise money to fight lupus in at least ten DC Walks for Lupus Now events.

Please join us in honoring the powerful and impactful work of Ann Luise Wang by donating below. On behalf of people living with lupus, their friends and family, we encourage you to make a contribution in tribute to and remembrance of the remarkable woman who brought us one step closer to an end to lupus pain. Thank you.

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