Researchers from Skyline Therapeutics (Shanghai) Co. Ltd. presented preclinical data for the new recombinant AAV vector therapeutic SKG-0106, being developed for the treatment of neovascular (wet) age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
Fabry disease is a metabolic disease characterized by a deficiency in the lysosomal α-galactosidase enzyme caused by mutations in the GLA gene. This leads to substrate accumulation in the lysosomes, cellular dysfunction and organ damage.
In its bid to become, as Chairman and CEO David Hallal said, the “world’s most indispensable cell and gene therapy technology company,” Elevatebio LLC disclosed a $401 million series D round with support from new and existing investors. At the same time, the company’s Life Edit Therapeutics Inc. affiliate inked a potential billion-dollar collaboration focused on gene editing therapies.
The U.K. Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and the Gene Therapy Advisory Committee (GTAC) have approved a clinical trial application (CTA) submitted by University College London (UCL) to initiate a phase I/II trial of BGT-OTCD, Bloomsbury Genetic Therapies Ltd.’s liver-targeted AAV-LK03 gene therapy, in pediatric patients with ornithine transcarbamylase deficiency (OTCD).
One of the challenges in designing genetic and cellular strategies is getting the therapy to the right place. This is even more complicated when it comes to the nervous system. The brain is a complex organ that contains the most differentiated and inaccessible cells in human biology. It is an impassable safe, protected by the blood-brain barrier.
Word from Immix Biopharma Inc. of updated data due with NXC-201 brought to the forefront an ongoing push by drug developers to come up with a treatment for AL amyloidosis. Immix has the only CAR T therapy in the works for the disease, and the principal investigator in the Nexicart-1 phase Ib/IIa effort is slated to speak May 19 during the annual meeting of the American Society of Gene & Cell Therapy.
The most ambitious objective of any treatment is to eradicate the disease, acting on its origin to cure it instead of treating its symptoms. This is the purpose of the gene therapy against type 2 diabetes (T2D) and obesity that Fractyl Health Inc. is developing. Scientists from the Lexington, Mass.-based company have designed a strategy based on glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) to transform pancreatic cells and reverse the disease.
When it comes to CAR T therapies, South Korea is trailing behind the U.S. and China, but the South Korean government sees cell and gene therapies as a space where the country can draw international investors, speakers said during the Bio Korea 2023 conference in Seoul on May 10.
Sarepta Therapeutics Inc.’s balloting March 12 from the U.S. FDA’s Cellular, Tissue and Gene Therapies Advisory Committee (OTAT) in favor of gene transfer therapy SRP-9001 (delandistrogene moxeparvovec) in Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) had Wall Street mulling the odds for others in the space.