Newborn Screening for DMD and BMD: MDA Needs Your Help

Early identification and treatment for neuromuscular disorders are essential to optimize health outcomes. Newborn screening, which identifies health issues via a blood test taken soon after birth, is essential to ensure that infants born with serious but treatable disorders have the best possible chance at receiving the care and support services they need as early . . .

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FDA Grants Orphan Drug Designation to Myonexus Therapeutics’ MYO-102 Gene Therapy Drug for Limb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy Type 2D

On Jan. 2, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) awarded Orphan Drug Designation for MYO-102, an investigational gene therapy for limb-girdle muscular dystrophy type 2D (LGMD2D), also known as alpha-sarcoglycanopathy. Myonexus Therapeutics has licensed the technology from Nationwide Children’s Hospital, which holds the Investigational New Drug (IND) application for MYO-102. Treatment using gene therapy, . . .

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Ra Pharmaceuticals Announces Positive Results from Phase 2 Trial of Zilucoplan in Patients with Generalized Myasthenia Gravis

On Dec. 10, Ra Pharmaceuticals Inc., based in Cambridge, Mass., announced positive results from a Phase 2 clinical trial designed to evaluate zilucoplan (RA101495) for treating generalized myasthenia gravis (gMG). Patients who received the drug had significant reductions in both measured endpoints, the Quantitative Myasthenia Gravis (QMG) score and the Myasthenia Gravis — Activities of . . .

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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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