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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…

BBP-418, Potential LGMD2i Therapy in Phase 2 Trial, on FDA Fast Track

BBP-418, an investigational disease-modifying medication that aims to improve muscle strength and function in people with limb-girdle muscular dystrophy type 2i (LGMD2i), has been given fast track designation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This designation aims to facilitate and speed the development and regulatory review of…

New Institute Aims to Leave No Rare Disease Patient Behind

A newly launched non-profit institute is seeking to advance research, and the development of new therapies, for people with rare diseases — a patient community with some of the largest therapeutic needs, but one that is often left behind. Named the Institute for Life Changing Medicines, the project was…

Group Focuses on Rare Disease Clinical Trial Participation

Participation in clinical trials exposes rare disease patients to financial, physical, and emotional pressures, according to the results of a patient focus group series. “Rare disease trial participants are running an endurance race they are highly motivated to complete, but these incremental burdens negatively impact their ability or willingness to…