On Jan. 22, Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, announced positive results from the second part of its pivotal phase 2/3 FIREFISH clinical trial assessing risdiplam in infants age 1 to 7 months with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) type 1. The company announced that the study met its primary endpoint, which was a proportion of infants . . .
Australian company Antisense Therapeutics announced encouraging results from its phase 2, open-label clinical trial of the company’s investigational therapy ATL1102 for treating Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). The study met its primary endpoint, which was to assess the safety and tolerability of ATL1102 in patients with DMD who are non-ambulatory (unable to walk independently). After six . . .
AavantiBio, a biotechnology company developing a gene-targeting therapy for Friedreich’s ataxia (FA), was awarded MDA Venture Philanthropy (MVP) funding totaling $1,076,232 to advance AavantiBio’s phase 2 clinical trial of a gene-replacement therapy for the disease. MVP is MDA’s drug development program, which is exclusively focused on funding the discovery and clinical application of treatments and . . .
On Dec. 13, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved expanded labeling for ITF Pharma’s Tiglutik to include administration via percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) tube for the treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The expanded approval for use with PEG feeding tubes will enable patients who not only have difficulty swallowing but also require . . .
On Dec. 17, Amylyx Pharmaceuticals and the Sean M. Healey & AMG Center for ALS at Massachusetts General Hospital announced positive results from the phase 2 (CENTAUR) trial assessing treatment with the company’s investigational therapy, AMX0035, in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The study met its primary endpoint, showing a statistically significant slowing of . . .
On Nov. 19, Santhera Pharmaceuticals announced publication of long-term data from its SYROS study showing a reduction of decline in lung function in people with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) who were treated with idebenone, the company’s experimental therapy for respiratory symptoms associated with DMD. The data from the retrospective study was published in the journal Neuromuscular . . .
On Dec. 12, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted accelerated approval to golodirsen (Vyondys 53) for the treatment of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) in patients amenable to skipping exon 53. It is the second exon-skipping, disease-modifying drug to treat DMD, the most common childhood form of muscular dystrophy. The drug is administered by intravenous . . .
On Nov. 25, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved riluzole oral film (Exservan) for the treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Exservan is an oral film formulation of riluzole (Rilutek), which has been available in tablet form to treat ALS for more than two decades. Exservan will be made available in the United . . .
Israel-based Kadimastem Ltd. announced positive interim results from the first cohort of its phase 1/2a clinical trial evaluating the safety, tolerability, and preliminary efficacy of AstroRx in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Results presented at the 7th International Stem Cell Meeting of the Israel Stem Cell Society held recently in Tel Aviv, Israel, showed that patients . . .
On Nov. 25, Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) accepted its New Drug Application (NDA) seeking approval under Priority Review for risdiplam, an investigational therapy for the treatment of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). Priority Review status requires the FDA to review the application and decide on whether . . .