On May 22, Danish company Orphazyme announced Fast Track designation from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for development of the investigational drug arimoclomol for the treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Arimoclomol previously received Fast Track status from the FDA for the treatment of Niemann-Pick disease type C (NPC) and sporadic inclusion body . . .
MDA Care Center physicians across the country are working on the frontlines of the novel coronavirus pandemic. Every day, they’re fielding patient questions and finding new ways to practice medicine in a new time. Today, Dr. Susan Apkon, chief of the Department of Rehabilitation and MDA Care Center Director at Children’s Hospital Colorado, shares how . . .
On March 9, Acceleron Pharma, Inc., announced that a phase 2 clinical trial of its therapy under development, ACE-083, for the treatment of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT) did not show statistically significant improvements in functional tests compared to placebo. As a result, Acceleron is discontinuing development of ACE-083 and its clinical trials program for CMT. Delivered by . . .
On March 9, NS Pharma Inc. (a wholly owned US subsidiary of Nippon Shinyaku Co. Ltd.) announced that it has launched an Expanded Access Program in the United States for viltolarsen, its investigational therapy for the treatment of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) in patients amenable to skipping exon 53. The program is open to all DMD patients . . .
Researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University are seeking participants living with limb-girdle muscular dystrophy type 2I (LGMD2I) to participate in a natural history study. This study aims to better understand disease course so researchers will be able to determine clinically meaningful outcome measures for use in future clinical trials, including the utility of dystroglycan as a biomarker. This two-year . . .
On Feb. 7, NS Pharma Inc. (a wholly owned US subsidiary of Nippon Shinyaku Co. Ltd.), announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) accepted its New Drug Application (NDA) seeking approval under Priority Review for viltolarsen, an investigational therapy for the treatment of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) in patients amenable to skipping exon 53. Priority . . .
Last year, Sharon Hesterlee, PhD, took the helm as executive vice president, chief research officer, at MDA. With her unique, decades-spanning career — which began, in fact, at MDA — in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and nonprofit sectors, her appointment is certain to advance not only MDA’s mission but also the research and development of genetic . . .
Researchers at Expansion Therapeutics are looking for adults with myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1) to participate in a phase 1 study. The goal of the study is to evaluate the safety of ERX-963. Researchers hope this therapy may improve symptoms of excessive daytime sleepiness and improve attention and memory. All participants will receive one dose . . .
Researchers at PTC Therapeutics are looking for individuals with limb-girdle muscular dystrophy type 2I (LGMD2I) to participate in a phase 3 study. The goal of the study is to evaluate the efficacy of deflazacort (Emflaza), which researchers hope may reduce inflammation in muscles and potentially lead to improved muscle strength and motor function. Participants will . . .
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 . . .