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AveXis Submits BLA for SMA Gene Therapy AVXS-101 to FDA

This week, AveXis, a Novartis company, reported that it has submitted a Biologics License Application (BLA) to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requesting approval of AVXS-101 to treat infants with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) type 1. AveXis is also submitting regulatory applications for the therapy in Europe and Japan. If approved, AVXS-101 would . . .

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Pharnext Announces Positive Results from Phase 3 Trial Using PXT3003 to Treat CMT1A

Today, French pharmaceutical company Pharnext SA announced positive topline results from its pivotal Phase 3 clinical trial (PLEO-CMT) evaluating two doses of PXT3003 compared to placebo during 15 months for the treatment of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease type 1A (CMT1A). PLEO-CMT was a pivotal, 15-month, double-blind Phase 3 study that assessed the efficacy and safety of PXT3003 compared . . .

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Sarepta Therapeutics Announces Positive Updated Results from Gene Therapy Trial for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

This week, at the 23rd International Congress of the World Muscle Society in Argentina, Dr. Jerry Mendell of Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, shared additional data relating to Sarepta Therapeutics’ AAVrh74.MHCK7.micro-Dystrophin gene therapy program for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD).  Dr. Mendell had previously presented results for the first three patients in the study back in . . .

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Researchers at SUNY Binghamton Seek Participants for BMD Biomarker and Patient-Reported Outcomes Study

Researchers at the State University of New York at Binghamton’s School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences are seeking participants living with Becker muscular dystrophy (BMD) to participate in a biomarker and patient-reported outcomes study. The purpose of the Becker Muscular Dystrophy Biomarker and Patient-Reported Outcomes Study is to learn more about disease progression in patients . . .

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Genentech Announces New Data for Risdiplam in SMA

On Oct. 3, Genentech announced interim results from the dose-finding parts of the pivotal FIREFISH and SUNFISH studies investigating risdiplam (RG7916) in spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). Risdiplam is an investigational SMN2-splicing modifier that is given by mouth (or g-tube) and distributes widely throughout the body. Risdiplam is designed to help the SMN2 gene produce more . . .

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Clinical Trial Alert: Capricor Seeks Participants for a Phase 2 DMD Study

Researchers at Capricor Therapeutics are looking for ambulatory and non-ambulatory children and adults with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) to participate in a Phase 2 study. The goal of the study is to evaluate the safety and efficacy of CAP-1002. Researchers hope that this therapy may slow disease progression in heart and skeletal muscle by modulating . . .

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Scenes from MDA’s #RideForStrength and Harley-Davidson’s 115th Anniversary Parade

On Labor Day weekend, Harley-Davidson and the Muscular Dystrophy Association hit the streets of Milwaukee to celebrate Harley’s 115th anniversary — and the 38-year partnership between the iconic American motorcycle maker and MDA. Thousands of riders and bikes convened for Harley’s celebratory 115th Anniversary Parade on Sept. 2. Within the parade was MDA’s Parade of . . .

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The Changing Landscape of LGMD Research: A Conversation with MDA Scientific Portfolio Director Lianna Orlando

Sept. 30th is Limb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Day, which celebrates individuals living with the more than 30 different subtypes of Limb-girdle muscular dystrophy (LGMD). MDA has a long-standing commitment to LGMD — we’ve invested more than $59 million in LGMD-specific research since 1950, including more than $2.8 million in current active grants. MDA Scientific Portfolio . . .

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