Neurocrine and Voyager Team up on Huge Deal for Gene Therapy in Parkinson’s

Biospace.com | January 29, 2019

Shares of Voyager Therapeutics have skyrocketed more than 43 percent in premarket trading after the company announced it had forged a collaborative deal to develop a gene therapy treatment for Parkinson’s disease with San Diego-based Neurocrine Biosciences. Neurocrine’s R&D deal covers Voyager’s gene therapy programs, VY-AADC for Parkinson’s disease and VY-FXN01 for Friedreich’s ataxia, as well as rights to two programs that have yet to be determined. The collaboration will combine Neurocrine Biosciences’ expertise in neuroscience, drug development and commercialization with Voyager’s innovative gene therapy programs targeting severe neurological diseases.
Kevin Gorman, chief executive officer of Neurocrine, said the collaboration with Voyager has the potential to develop beneficial therapeutics for people with serious neurological disorders. “The partnership with Voyager allows us to expand our clinical development pipeline addressing neurological disorders, leverage Voyager’s expertise in CNS-focused gene therapy, and develop potential treatments for diseases, such as Parkinson’s disease and Friedreich’s ataxia, which have significant unmet clinical needs,” Gorman said in a statement. Andre Turenne, president, and CEO of Voyager said Neurocrine is an ideal partner and has “proven expertise” in the development of therapies for people with movement disorders and other neurological diseases. The collaboration with Neurocrine will enhance the company’s efforts to become the leading “fully-integrated gene therapy company focused on severe neurological diseases,” he added.

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