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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AveXis Submits BLA for SMA Gene Therapy AVXS-101 to FDA

This week, AveXis, a Novartis company, reported that it has submitted a Biologics License Application (BLA) to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requesting approval of AVXS-101 to treat infants with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) type 1. AveXis is also submitting regulatory applications for the therapy in Europe and Japan. If approved, AVXS-101 would . . .

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Pharnext Announces Positive Results from Phase 3 Trial Using PXT3003 to Treat CMT1A

Today, French pharmaceutical company Pharnext SA announced positive topline results from its pivotal Phase 3 clinical trial (PLEO-CMT) evaluating two doses of PXT3003 compared to placebo during 15 months for the treatment of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease type 1A (CMT1A). PLEO-CMT was a pivotal, 15-month, double-blind Phase 3 study that assessed the efficacy and safety of PXT3003 compared . . .

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The Changing Landscape of LGMD Research: A Conversation with MDA Scientific Portfolio Director Lianna Orlando

Sept. 30th is Limb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Day, which celebrates individuals living with the more than 30 different subtypes of Limb-girdle muscular dystrophy (LGMD). MDA has a long-standing commitment to LGMD — we’ve invested more than $59 million in LGMD-specific research since 1950, including more than $2.8 million in current active grants. MDA Scientific Portfolio . . .

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Exploring the Latest in MDA’s CMT Research

The future of Charcot-Marie-Tooth research and treatments rests where the disease begins: in genes. While many new genes involved in CMT have been identified, we know as many as 40 percent of people living with CMT still don’t have a confirmed genetic diagnosis. We’re also still trying to understand the disease mechanisms of the genes . . .

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Assessing MDA’s 2018 SMA Research Landscape

This is an unprecedented time for patients living with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). It has now been almost two years since Spinraza became the first FDA-approved treatment for SMA, and in that time it’s proven to be a transformative therapy. Although there is much more work to be done, Spinraza has made a significant impact . . .

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Strength, Science, and Stories of Inspiration (SSSI) and MDA announce the second SSSI-MDA fellowship for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars

The Muscular Dystrophy Association is pleased to announce that it is once again partnering with Strength, Science, and Stories of Inspiration (SSSI) to support the second SSSI-MDA fellowship. This fellowship, aimed at graduate students and postdoctoral fellows that already have salary support in their existing labs, will provide additional research funding to allow those individuals to . . .

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Encouraging Results in Phase 1 CALLISTO Trial to Test Omigapil in CMD

A phase 1 trial to test omigapil in congenital muscular dystrophy (CMD) conducted at the National Institutes of Health is complete and data indicate it met its primary objective. Results from the trial, also known as CALLISTO, show a favorable pharmacokinetic profile of omigapil and demonstrated that the drug was safe and well-tolerated in children and . . .

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Catalyst Pharmaceuticals Submits New Drug Application to FDA for Firdapse to Treat LEMS

Catalyst Pharmaceuticals has submitted a New Drug Application (NDA) to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the investigational drug amifampridine phosphate (brand name Firdapse) for the treatment of people with Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome (LEMS). The FDA has 60 days to determine whether the NDA is complete and acceptable for filing. If the FDA . . .

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