Jenni Gold has been writing, directing and producing film shorts, movies and TV shows for more than 20 years. She’ll tell you, since she was a kid making movies with a Hi8 camcorder, she’s been in love with Hollywood for a lot longer. She’ll also tell you there’s a problem with it. It’s failing the . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
On Nov. 26, Biohaven Pharmaceuticals announced that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted its 505(b)(2) New Drug Application (NDA) to review BHV-0223, a sublingual (placed under the tongue) formulation of riluzole for the treatment of patients living with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). In submitting its NDA using the 505(b)(2) pathway, Biohaven was able . . .
On Nov. 28, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the approval of Firdapse (amifampridine phosphate) for the treatment of adults with Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome (LEMS). Firdapse, developed by Catalyst Pharmaceuticals, is an oral potassium channel inhibitor designed to prolong signals released from nerves and allow greater stimulation of muscles. This is the eighth . . .
This year, #GivingTuesday — historically held immediately after the Black Friday and Cyber Monday holiday shopping days following Thanksgiving — is Nov. 27. And this year, MDA is asking our friends to support #MDAGiveStrength, a #GivingTuesday campaign to support kids and adults who need the strength to eat, to breathe, to walk. Muscular dystrophy, ALS . . .
Note: The article in the Journal for Clinical Studies can be found here and begins on P. 60. This is a time of great potential for those living with neuromuscular diseases (NMDs). The pace of progress in science is accelerating and transformative therapies are on the horizon. In just the last few years, the FDA has . . .
Stealth BioTherapeutics is looking for participants with primary mitochondrial myopathy (PMM) to participate in the MMPOWER-3 Phase 3 trial. This trial is designed to evaluate the efficacy and safety of daily subcutaneous injections of elamipretide, an investigational drug that associates with cardiolipin, a key structural component of the inner mitochondrial membrane, and has shown to . . .
On Sunday, Nov. 4, chef Dan Churchill crossed the finish line for MDA. The Australian-born, New York-based chef tackled 26 miles in the TCS New York City Marathon representing MDA’s Team Momentum. “This is genuinely a very big privilege and honor for me, on a personal level and giving back,” Dan says. “[The marathon] is . . .