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Audentes Therapeutics Announces Plans to Develop Gene-Targeted Therapies for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and Myotonic Dystrophy Type 1

On April 8, Audentes Therapeutics announced that it will expand its gene-targeted therapy platform to include developing experimental drugs for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) and myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1). The company has entered into a licensing agreement with Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Ohio and will collaborate with leading researchers in the field, Kevin M. Flanigan, . . .

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Marriott International Associates Spend a Day Volunteering for MDA

To kick off 2019 National Volunteer Month, the Muscular Dystrophy Association was honored to welcome Marriott International volunteers from all over the world into our Chicago offices on Friday, April 5, as part of Marriott’s Serve 360 event. Continuing its tradition of making its communities better places to live, work, and visit, Marriott International this . . .

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Muscular Dystrophy Association Awards Eight Grants Totaling More Than $2 Million for ALS Research

Today, the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) announced the awarding of eight new grants totaling more than $2 million toward research focused on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a disease in which muscles become weak and eventually nonfunctional. Since its inception, MDA has invested more than $165 million in ALS research, and in the last five years . . .

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2019 MDA Engage SMA Symposium Scheduled in Orlando on April 12

At MDA, we believe in the power of research and the importance of building relationships among families, clinicians, and the scientists making discoveries to advance treatments and therapies. We invite individuals living with a neuromuscular disease, as well as caregivers and loved ones, to attend MDA Engage symposia taking place across the country. MDA Engage . . .

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Sarepta Therapeutics Announces Positive Interim Results from Study of Casimersen to Treat DMD Amenable to Exon 45 Skipping

On Mar. 28, Sarepta Therapeutics announced encouraging interim results from a phase 3 clinical trial that suggest the experimental drug casimersen potentially may be effective as a treatment for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). Earlier this year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) accepted Sarepta Therapeutics’ New Drug Application (NDA) seeking approval under Priority Review for . . .

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FDA Grants Orphan Drug Designation to Acceleron Pharma’s ACE-083 Muscle Growth Drug for Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease

On Mar. 5, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) awarded Orphan Drug designation to Acceleron Pharma’s ACE-083, a locally acting muscle agent, for treating Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT). Delivered by intramuscular injection, ACE-083 is based on the naturally occurring protein follistatin and is designed to enhance the body’s own promoters of muscle growth, specifically in . . .

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Education in Your Community

At MDA, we believe in the power of community and the importance of building relationships with families going through similar experiences. We invite individuals living with a neuromuscular disease, as well as caregivers and loved ones, to attend MDA Engage educational events taking place across the country. MDA Engage Community Education Seminars are one-day events . . .

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Clinical Trial Alert: Researchers at Neurogene Seek Participants for a CMT4J Natural History Study

Researchers at Neurogene are seeking participants living with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT) type 4J 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. This five-year study will consist of 10 visits (one visit every six months). . . .

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Sarepta Therapeutics Announces Positive Interim Results in Gene Therapy Trial for LGMD2E and Acquisition of Myonexus Therapeutics

On Feb. 27, Sarepta Therapeutics announced positive interim results of a phase 1/2a clinical trial for MYO-101, a gene therapy candidate developed by Myonexus Therapeutics for patients living with limb-girdle muscular dystrophy type 2E (LGMD2E), also known as beta-sarcoglycanopathy. The first three patients dosed demonstrated significant expression of the protein beta-sarcoglycan in the muscle fiber, . . .

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