Forest Ray PhD,  —

Forest Ray received his PhD in systems biology from Columbia University, where he developed tools to match drug side effects to other diseases. He has since worked as a journalist and science writer, covering topics from rare diseases to the intersection between environmental science and social justice. He currently lives in Long Beach, California.

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Catalent to Produce BrainStorm’s NurOwn Cell Therapy for ALS

Catalent Biologics has agreed to manufacture NurOwn, the cell-based therapy by BrainStorm Cell Therapeutics being evaluated in a soon-to-conclude pivotal trial as a possible treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). With this agreement, Catalent will produce NurOwn under current Good Manufacturing Practices — standards set to ensure that batches…

Phase 2 Study of Pegcetacoplan in Recently Diagnosed Patients Opens

A Phase 2 and potentially pivotal study investigating pegcetacoplan (APL-2) as a potential treatment for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is now enrolling patients, Apellis Pharmaceuticals, the therapy’s developer, announced in a press release. The MERIDIAN trial (NCT04579666) is enrolling up to 228 adults with sporadic ALS and…

Cause of WWII-era ALS Cluster on Guam May Be Younger Cycad Seeds

Younger cycad seeds can contain more toxins than older seeds, and their widespread consumption by people on occupied Guam during World War II could be the environmental origin of the rare sporadic amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) cluster found there, according to a recent study. Guam residents emerged from their wartime…