Title: Clinical Trial Alert: LGMD2I Participants Sought for a Phase 3 Study

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 . . .

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Antisense Therapeutics Announces Positive Results from Phase 2 Study of ATL1102 in DMD

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 . . .

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MDA Awards More Than $1 Million in Venture Philanthropy Funding to AavantiBio to Develop Gene-Targeting Therapy for Friedreich’s Ataxia

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 . . .

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FDA Approves ITF Pharma’s Tiglutik via PEG Tube for the Treatment of ALS

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 . . .

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Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals Releases Statement to DMD Community Announcing Discontinuation of Clinical Trials Program for DMD

Yesterday, Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals released a statement to the Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) community regarding its decision to discontinue its DMD clinical development program. The full statement follows. After careful consideration and despite engaging in diligent efforts to research, develop, and commercialize MNK-1411, Mallinckrodt has made the decision to terminate study MNK14112096 (BRAVE). The study was designed to . . .

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MDA Appoints New Leadership to Board of Directors

Today, MDA announced new appointments to its board of directors. Steven J. Farella will now serve as chairman and Donald S. Wood, PhD, will serve as vice chairman of the MDA Board of Directors. “We are very pleased to share that both Steven Farella and Dr. Donald Wood have accepted their new positions on the . . .

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