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Molecular ALS subtypes linked to age of disease onset, survival

Researchers have characterized three molecular subtypes of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), each one associated with different clinical outcomes, including age of disease onset, disease duration, and survival. These subtypes are based on unique patterns of gene activity in patient brain tissue and were independent of where the onset of…

Relyvrio, Radicava ORS Cost-effective at Current Prices: ICER

The recently approved therapies Relyvrio (sodium phenylbutyrate and taurursodiol) and Radicava ORS (edaravone) are both likely to be cost-effective for treating amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), according to a new analysis from the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER). The report, “The effectiveness and…

uniQure Acquires Rights to Develop APB-102

uniQure has entered an agreement to acquire the full rights to Apic Bio‘s investigational gene therapy APB-102, which is being developed for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) associated with SOD1 mutations. uniQure now is planning to start a Phase 1/2 clinical trial of APB-102 later this year. Under the…

Cytokinetics’ Communications Grants Awarded to 2 ALS Groups

Cytokinetics has awarded $20,000 grants to five patient advocacy organizations, including two serving the amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) community, under its fifth annual Communications Grant Program. Each grant is intended to support the nonprofit’s outreach, engagement, and awareness efforts, allowing the organizations to broaden their work in underserved…

New Pig Model May Better Capture ALS at Its Earliest Stages

A new pig model of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) more accurately reflects the gradual motor neuron loss and disease progression seen in patients, and it may speed the development of ALS treatments, included gene and cell-based therapies, researchers report. The model carries a mutation in the SOD1 gene, an…

Phase 1 Safety Study Clears Path to Test Utreloxastat in ALS Patients

Utreloxastat (PTC857), an investigational therapy for people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), was safe, well tolerated, and displayed promising pharmacological properties in healthy people, according to a first-in-human Phase 1 study. Based on these findings, the therapy’s developer, PTC Therapeutics, has launched a Phase 2 trial (NCT05349721)…

Higher ‘Good’ Cholesterol Linked to Worse ALS Survival Rate

Elevated levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) — commonly called the “good” cholesterol — are significantly associated with a poorer survival rate among people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), according to a population-based study in the Netherlands. In contrast, levels of total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein…

FDA Seeks Input on Tofersen’s Approval for ALS

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced an advisory committee meeting seeking advice on whether to approve Biogen‘s investigational therapy tofersen for the treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) caused by SOD1 gene mutations. The public meeting, to be held online March 22, by…

Amylyx Selects Neopharm to Market AMX0035 for ALS in Middle East

Neopharm has acquired exclusive rights to commercialize AMX0035 (sodium phenylbutyrate and taurursodiol) in Israel, Gaza, the West Bank, and to the Palestinian Authority as a treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The company’s agreement with Amylyx Pharmaceuticals makes it responsible for the distribution and marketing of AMX0035…