Author Archives: Marta Figueiredo PhD

Grant Backs CRISPR Therapy Research for Familial ALS

Researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) have received an award from the U.S. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity to advance their preclinical research of an innovative CRISPR-based gene editing approach to treat one of the most common causes of familial amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The two-year…

Cytokinetics Renews Partnership With The ALS Association

Cytokinetics has reaffirmed its partnership with The ALS Association in the fight against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) by continuing to support events and initiatives throughout 2021. The muscle biology biopharmaceutical company also is working to advance the clinical development of its experimental therapy reldesemtiv, designed to improve…

SOL-257 Gene Therapy Targeting TDP-43 Shows Promise in Mice

SOL-257, an experimental gene therapy developed by SOLA Biosciences, delayed disease progression and prolonged the lifespan of a mouse model of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The gene therapy is designed to reduce the abnormal TDP-43 protein that forms toxic clumps in the cells of ALS patients. “Targeting only…

Biogen Agrees to Tofersen Access in July for Rapidly Advancing ALS

People with very rapidly progressing familial amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) caused by mutations in the SOD1 gene may gain early access to Biogen’s experimental therapy tofersen by mid-July, the company announced. This marks the first part of Biogen’s planned access program for tofersen, and will begin after patients initially assigned…