Friday, February 17, 2017

Gene Therapy for Neurodegenerative Diseases

SMA News Today published an interesting article. Perhaps another opportunity for us living with Kennedy's Disease.

INT41 Gene Therapy for Neurodegenerative Diseases Granted Priority Patent Status

The patent application for gene therapy candidate1 INT41, developed by Vybion for the treatment of Huntington’s disease, spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), and other neurodegenerative diseases, was granted Track One status from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

The patent application covers the treatment’s composition and methods of use. The Track One designation gives the application priority review, allowing it to get a final decision within about a year. Track One has fewer requirements and doesn’t need a pre-examination search for the application.

“Vybion is pleased to receive Track 1 status on INT41 and anticipates rapid review and allowance,” Vybion CEO Lee Henderson said in a press release.

INT41 gene therapy was specifically designed to target neurologic diseases caused by polyQ expansions, resulting in mutant proteins that accumulate in motor neurons and subsequently lead to cellular degeneration. The gene therapy aims to detect and target the “toxic” sequence, promoting its degradation and thereby preventing its accumulation in neuronal cells. ...

... INT41 is considered a potential therapeutic strategy for other neurodegenerative diseases with similar biological features, such as spinal cerebellar ataxia, Alzheimer’s disease, and spinal and bulbar muscular atrophy (SBMA). However, the treatment has so far been more fully developed for Huntington’s, according to Vybion’s drug pipeline, and more studies are required to validate its effectiveness and safety for it and other neurodegenerative conditions. ...

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For those that want to read the actual study, follow this link. Journal of Neurodegnerative Diseases

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