On Feb. 25, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted accelerated approval to casimersen (Amondys 45) for the treatment of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) in patients amenable to skipping exon 45. It is the fourth exon-skipping, disease-modifying drug to treat DMD, the most common childhood form of muscular dystrophy. The drug is administered by intravenous . . .
The urgency of the COVID-19 pandemic has transformed the drug-development landscape, driving rapid development, US review, and, in one case, new therapeutic approval. To bring critical drugs to market, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is utilizing a special emergency program announced in April 2020 to accelerate approval of promising coronavirus therapies, an initiative . . .
In 1996, MDA provided a small starter grant to Dr. Steve Wilton, a primary investigator at the University of Western Australia in Perth, for research into what scientists then thought was a radical process to address the effects of certain gene mutations. A quarter of a century later, this process — exon skipping — has . . .
On Oct. 27, Scholar Rock announced positive results from an interim analysis of its phase 2 clinical trial evaluating SRK-015, a therapy for treating spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). After six months of treatment with SRK-015, patients with SMA types 2 and 3 demonstrated significant motor function improvements, as measured by the Hammersmith scale, with higher dose . . .
On Oct. 16, Amylyx announced an update from its CENTAUR trial evaluating the effects of the investigational drug AMX0035 (a combination of the small molecules sodium phenylbutyrate and taurursodiol) on overall survival in people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The current study followed each participant in the CENTAUR trial for up to three years from . . .
On Aug. 25, Sarepta Therapeutics announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) accepted the company’s New Drug Application (NDA) seeking accelerated approval for casimersen (SRP-4045), an investigational therapy for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) amenable to exon 45 skipping. The FDA has granted Sarepta’s application Priority Review Status, meaning that a decision is expected . . .
On July 8, Biogen announced positive results from its phase 1/2 clinical trial of the investigational therapy tofersen (BIIB067) for treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) caused by mutation of the superoxide dismutase 1 gene (SOD1). The primary endpoints of the study — assessment of safety, tolerability, and drug dynamics in the body — demonstrated . . .
On June 15, Sarepta Therapeutics announced positive results from its phase 1/2a study of SRP-9001 gene therapy to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). Data from four patients indicated that a single intravenous infusion of SRP-9001 was safe and well tolerated, with no serious adverse events. Additionally, all participants demonstrated improvements across multiple efficacy-related endpoints, including . . .
On June 15, Momenta Pharmaceuticals announced positive results from its phase 2 Vivacity-MG trial assessing treatment with the company’s investigational therapeutic nipocalimab (M281) in patients with generalized myasthenia gravis (gMG). Preliminary data indicated that treatment with nipocalimab, using four different dosing protocols over an eight-week period, resulted in improvements in patients’ Myasthenia Gravis Activities of . . .
On June 8, Sarepta Therapeutics announced positive results from its first study in human patients of SRP-9003, a gene therapy designed to treat limb-girdle muscular dystrophy (LGMD) type 2E. Data from low-dose and high-dose patient cohorts indicated that a single intravenous infusion of SRP-9003 was well tolerated, with only one serious adverse event occurring in . . .