Clinical Trial Alert: Orphazyme Seeks Participants for a Phase 3 ALS Study

Researchers at Orphazyme are looking for participants with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) to participate in the ORARIALS-01 Phase 3 study. The study is designed to help researchers evaluate the effects of arimoclomol on disease progression in patients with ALS.  In ALS, motor neurons degenerate or die and stop sending messages to the muscles, which gradually . . .

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Wave Life Sciences Announces Phase 2/3 Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Clinical Trial of Suvodirsen (WVE-210201) Selected for FDA Complex Innovative Trial Designs Pilot Program

On Jan. 3, Wave Life Sciences announced that its upcoming Phase 2/3 clinical trial of suvodirsen (WVE-210201), an investigational therapy for boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) who are amenable to exon 51 skipping, has been selected by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its complex innovative trial designs (CID) pilot program.  Wave . . .

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FDA Grants Orphan Drug Designation to Myonexus Therapeutics’ MYO-102 Gene Therapy Drug for Limb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy Type 2D

On Jan. 2, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) awarded Orphan Drug Designation for MYO-102, an investigational gene therapy for limb-girdle muscular dystrophy type 2D (LGMD2D), also known as alpha-sarcoglycanopathy. Myonexus Therapeutics has licensed the technology from Nationwide Children’s Hospital, which holds the Investigational New Drug (IND) application for MYO-102. Treatment using gene therapy, . . .

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In Memoriam: Dr. Stephen Katz

We were saddened to end 2018 with the passing of one of the true champions of neuromuscular disease research, Dr. Stephen Katz, the long-time director of the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS). Dr. Katz led efforts throughout the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to implement the Muscular Dystrophy Community Assistance . . .

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2018 ONEVoice Survey Results Gathered in a New Report

In January 2018, MDA partnered with Edge Research, an established research firm with extensive expertise working with patient advocacy organizations, to conduct an objective and thorough study among the neuromuscular disease community. This survey, a first-of-its-kind for MDA, was called ONEVoice and comprised 50 questions that sought to identify the needs of individuals and families . . .

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Ra Pharmaceuticals Announces Positive Results from Phase 2 Trial of Zilucoplan in Patients with Generalized Myasthenia Gravis

On Dec. 10, Ra Pharmaceuticals Inc., based in Cambridge, Mass., announced positive results from a Phase 2 clinical trial designed to evaluate zilucoplan (RA101495) for treating generalized myasthenia gravis (gMG). Patients who received the drug had significant reductions in both measured endpoints, the Quantitative Myasthenia Gravis (QMG) score and the Myasthenia Gravis — Activities of . . .

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Biogen Announces Positive Phase 1 Results, Plan to License and Develop Ionis Pharmaceuticals’ Investigational Therapy BIIB067 for Familial ALS

On Dec. 6, Biogen Inc. announced positive Phase 1 clinical trial results and its decision to license and develop partner Ionis Pharmaceuticals’ BIIB067 (IONIS-SOD1RX). BIIB067 is an investigational therapy for treating amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) caused by superoxide dismutase 1 (SOD1) mutations, a subtype of familial ALS that makes up 2 percent of all ALS . . .

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Wave Life Sciences Announces Positive Results of Phase 1 Trial of WVE-210201 for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

Today, Wave Life Sciences announced that its Phase 1 trial of WVE-210201, an investigational, exon skipping therapy for boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) amenable to exon 51 skipping, showed positive safety and tolerability data. Based on these results, Wave announced that it will initiate a Phase 2/3 clinical trial of WVE-210201 in 2019. Wave . . .

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FDA Accepts AveXis’ BLA for SMA Drug Zolgensma Under Priority Review

Today, Novartis, the parent company of AveXis Inc., announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted the company’s Biologics License Application (BLA) under Priority Review for Zolgensma (formerly known as AVXS-101), a gene therapy for the treatment of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) type 1. Priority Review status requires the FDA to review . . .

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