MEDICAL, INDUSTRY OUTLOOK
Globenewswire | April 25, 2023
Design Therapeutics, Inc. a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing treatments for serious degenerative genetic diseases, today announced that preclinical data for the company’s novel GeneTAC™ small molecule, DT-168, an eye drop being developed for the treatment of Fuchs endothelial corneal dystrophy (FECD), will be presented during an oral session at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology 2023 Annual Meeting (ARVO 2023), which is being held in New Orleans from April 23-27, 2023.
FECD is characterized by progressive corneal degeneration leading to vision loss and affects millions of people in the U.S. Approximately 75% of cases are caused by a mutation in the transcription factor 4 (TCF4) gene, consisting of a CTG trinucleotide repeat expansion that leads to the formation of pathogenic RNA foci in the nucleus and the mis-splicing of multiple transcripts. There are no disease-modifying therapies approved for FECD, and advanced cases generally require ocular surgery, including corneal transplant.
DT-168 is designed to selectively target the expanded CTG repeats in the TCF4 gene to reduce RNA foci formation and mis-splicing. In preclinical studies, DT-168 reduced foci in patient-derived primary corneal endothelial cells (CECs) to levels seen in cells from healthy individuals with low nanomolar IC50 values. Treatment with DT-168 also significantly improved mis-splicing in patient-derived CECs across a panel of genes. Additionally, in animal studies DT-168 eye drops were well-tolerated after multiple doses and distributed throughout the cornea with micromolar levels of DT-168 observed in the cornea 24 hours after dosing.
The preclinical data support the potential for DT-168 to address the most common genetic cause of FECD and support the continued development of DT-168 as a potential disease-modifying therapy. Design remains on-track to submit an Investigational New Drug application for DT-168 for the treatment of FECD in the second half of 2023.
About Design Therapeutics
Design Therapeutics is a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing a new class of therapies based on its platform of GeneTAC™ gene targeted chimera small molecules. The company’s GeneTAC™ molecules are designed to either dial up or dial down the expression of a specific disease-causing gene to address the underlying cause of disease. Design is currently evaluating its lead GeneTAC™ small molecule, DT-216, in an ongoing Phase 1 clinical trial in patients with Friedreich ataxia. The company is also advancing programs in Fuchs endothelial corneal dystrophy and myotonic dystrophy type-1.
CELL AND GENE THERAPY, INDUSTRIAL IMPACT
The Center for Breakthrough Medicines | March 13, 2023
Nucleus Biologics and Stoic Bio have teamed up to form a supply agreement with the Center for Breakthrough Medicines (CBM), a contract development and manufacturing organization that aims to accelerate the development and manufacture of advanced therapies. Under the agreement, Nucleus Biologics will become CBM's selected supplier of cell culture media and other biological solutions, ensuring a consistent supply of this critical material with tighter quality control measures.
Nucleus Biologics' approach to cell culture media, which sees it as a critical raw material that can drive desired attributes of cells crucial to the success of cell and gene therapy research, is complementary to CBM's focus on transparency, technology, and end-to-end solutions. By working together, they hope to expedite cell and gene therapy breakthroughs.
In addition, CBM will be an early adopter of Stoic Bio's innovative family of point-of-use media makers, Krakatoa™, which allows scientists to manufacture their own media with 65% fewer CO2 emissions than conventional media. By demonstrating that developing and manufacturing lifesaving therapies doesn't have to come with a high environmental cost, CBM hopes to set an example for the industry.
With over 2,200 cell and gene therapies in development, collaborations like this one are needed to speed up the process of getting these therapies to the clinic and ultimately approved. The CBM, Stoic Bio and Nucleus Biologics collaboration aim to create a unique service offering that introduces a paradigm shift in development and manufacturing, showing how technology and sustainability can converge to make better therapies sustainably.
About The Center for Breakthrough Medicines
The Center for Breakthrough Medicines (CBM) is a CDMO focused on accelerating the development and manufacture of advanced therapies to save lives. It offers end-to-end solutions such as process development, manufacturing, and quality control for cell and gene therapies, gene editing, and immunotherapies. In addition, CBM collaborates with pharmaceutical companies, academic institutions, and healthcare providers to make advanced therapies more accessible while ensuring compliance with regulatory standards. The company also prioritizes sustainability by implementing green initiatives and sustainable technology and strives to positively impact the communities it operates in.
prnewswire | May 08, 2023
Frost & Sullivan announced that it has awarded Genomenon with the 2023 Global Technology Innovation Leadership Award. Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that has developed a product with innovative features and functionality that is gaining rapid acceptance in the market. The award recognizes the quality of the solution and the customer value enhancements it enables. Frost & Sullivan market analysts determined that Genomenon excels in many of the criteria and best practices identified as critical for the global pharma and clinical diagnostics genomics markets.
Genomenon is a genomic intelligence software company that combines AI-powered Genomic Language Processing (GLP) with expert review by genetic scientists to deliver the most comprehensive knowledgebase of genomic evidence available. Their fit-for-purpose combinatorial approach to identifying and indexing published genomic evidence gives them a unique advantage over other open access and commercial genomic data resources in this space.
Clinical diagnostic labs rely on Genomenon's Mastermind Genomic Search Engine to find critical information needed to diagnose rare genetic diseases and identify the most appropriate patient treatment options. Pharmaceutical companies engaged in the development of rare disease therapeutics partner with Genomenon to gain deep insights into the genetic drivers of disease. The Genomenon scientific team leverages information in the Mastermind knowledgebase to provide the genomic intelligence pharmaceutical companies need to better understand disease mechanisms, more accurately estimate disease prevalence, design clinical trials, and prepare documentation for regulatory approvals.
Pavel Zhebrouski, a best practices research analyst at Frost & Sullivan, observed, "Genomenon differentiates itself in the space by providing a unique combination of AI technology and human expertise. Genomenon empowers rare disease pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies to make informed decisions about promising candidates in their pipeline and help propel novel therapeutics to market. Its commitment to innovation and creativity, scientific rigor, and accuracy, while achieving commercial success, differentiates it from competitors," added Tejashri Khadilkar, Frost & Sullivan industry analyst.
Frost & Sullivan Best Practices awards recognize companies in various regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in leadership, technological innovation, customer service, and strategic product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analyses, and extensive secondary research to identify best practices in the industry.
Genomenon is an AI-driven genomics company focused on making genomic information actionable for patients with rare genetic diseases and cancer. Keeping pace with the ever-evolving body of knowledge within genomics, Genomenon connects current research with patient DNA to accelerate clinical decision-making and pharmaceutical drug discovery and development.