Marta Figueiredo, PhD, science writer —

Marta holds a biology degree, a master’s in evolutionary and developmental biology, and a PhD in biomedical sciences from the University of Lisbon, Portugal. She was awarded a research scholarship and a PhD scholarship, and her research focused on the role of several signaling pathways in thymus and parathyroid glands embryonic development. She also previously worked as an assistant professor of an annual one-week embryology course at the University of Lisbon’s Faculty of Medicine.

Articles by Marta Figueiredo

Exservan, Riluzole Oral Film for ALS, Now Available in US

Exservan, the first oral film formulation of riluzole for treating amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), has been launched in the United States, its developer, Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma America (MTPA), has announced. Rapidly dissolved when placed on top of the tongue, Exservan — specifically developed to help meet the needs…

ALS Association Wants More Commitment From the FDA

In a response letter to The ALS Association, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recognized the unmet therapeutic need of people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and reaffirmed its commitment to the 2019 ALS clinical trial guidance. However, the agency did not provide any details about how it…

New Cellular Model Used to Study FUS Gene Mutations

Mutations in the FUS gene, a common cause of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), impair the regeneration and growth of motor neuron extensions toward muscle cells, according to a study using a new miniaturized human model of neuron-muscle interactions. These deficits, along with the reduced number of nerve-motor connections, were lessened by blocking…

Amylyx Seeks Approval in Canada of Lead Candidate AMX0035

Amylyx Pharmaceuticals is seeking approval, in Canada, of its lead candidate AMX0035 for the treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). This regulatory submission “represents a significant milestone in our efforts to develop a new treatment option for people living with ALS who have no time to wait,” Joshua Cohen, co-founder, co-CEO,…

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…