Marisa Wexler, MS, senior science writer —

Marisa holds a Master of Science in cellular and molecular pathology from the University of Pittsburgh, where she studied novel genetic drivers of ovarian cancer. Her areas of expertise include cancer biology, immunology, and genetics, and she has worked as a science writing and communications intern for the Genetics Society of America.

Articles by Marisa Wexler

Elamipretide as Add-on May Boost Efficacy of Exon-skipping Therapies

Elamipretide, an investigational therapy designed to increase the activity of mitochondria, may boost the effectiveness of exon-skipping therapies for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), its developer, Stealth BioTherapeutics, reported. “Our new preclinical data increases our optimism that elamipretide may help address the unmet need for therapies in DMD,” Reenie…

Atamyo Cleared in UK to Test ATA-100 for Limb-Girdle MD Type R9

Atamyo Therapeutics has been given the go-ahead to start clinical testing of ATA-100, the company’s investigational gene therapy for a specific form of limb-girdle muscular dystrophy (LGMD) called type R9 (LGMDR9). With approval from the United Kingdom’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), Atamyo now plans to start dosing…

Atamyo Seeking Approval for LGMD Gene Therapy Trial in Europe

Atamyo Therapeutics is seeking approvals in Europe to launch its first trial testing ATA-100, its investigational gene therapy for a type of limb-girdle muscular dystrophy (LGMD). The company, a spin-off from Genethon, a Paris-based genetics research laboratory, has submitted an application asking three European…

FDA Puts Investigational DM1 Therapy AOC 1001 on Fast Track

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted fast track designation to AOC 1001, an investigational treatment for myotonic dystrophy type 1, known as DM1, a late-developing muscle disorder. The designation will enable AOC 1001’s developer, Avidity Biosciences, to have more frequent interactions with the FDA throughout…

CAP-1002 Cell Therapy Improves Arm, Heart Function in DMD

Treatment with the investigational cell therapy CAP-1002 significantly improved arm and heart function in boys and young men at advanced stages of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), according to final data from the HOPE-2 clinical trial. The Phase 2 trial also “met various skeletal and cardiac endpoints [goals] suggesting clinically…