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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…

Sustained Gains for DMD Boys Evident in SRP-9001 Trials: Sarepta

New data across clinical trials of SRP-9001 show the investigative gene therapy induces sustained functional improvements in people with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), and does so with good tolerability, Sarepta Therapeutics, its developer, announced. The company, in presenting these data, also offered more details about the recently launched and pivotal…

Rare Disease Diversity Coalition Awards $600K to Combat Disparities

The Rare Disease Diversity Coalition (RDDC) awarded $600,000 in grants to ease the disparities faced by rare disease patients of color. These Impact Rare Disease Solution grants will go five RDDC steering committee working groups, which aim to identify problems for rare disease communities and advocate for solutions. The five…

Gene Therapy SGT-001 Improves Lung Function in DMD Boys in Trial

Treatment with SGT-001 — Solid Biosciences’ gene therapy candidate for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) — improves lung function, according to data from the first six patients enrolled in the ongoing IGNITE DMD clinical trial. The improvements, seen one year after a single infusion of the SGT-001 gene therapy into…

New Data-sharing Program Aims to Speed Innovation in Rare Diseases

A new U.S. initiative called Rare Disease Cures Accelerator–Data and Analytics Platform — dubbed RDCA–DAP — aims to accelerate treatment innovation across rare diseases by sharing existing patient data and promoting the standardization of new data collection. Launched during a virtual workshop in September, the U.S. Food and Drug…

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…

Translarna Preserved Walking 5-plus Years in DMD Boys

Translarna (ataluren) treatment delayed the loss of walking abilities by more than five years in boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) who carry nonsense mutations in their DMD gene, according to a study based on real-world data. The investigational therapy also slowed lung function decline by almost two…