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Exon-skipping AOC 1044 gets FDA rare pediatric disease status

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted rare pediatric disease designation to AOC 1044, an experimental therapy for people with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) caused by mutations that are amenable to exon 44 skipping. The FDA gives the designation to treatments with the potential to improve care…

SAT-3247 improves muscle function in FSHD mouse model

SAT-3247, an oral therapy candidate for rebuilding muscle tissue, improved muscle function in a mouse model of facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD). Developed by Satellos Bioscience, the therapy is the lead treatment candidate for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), with the first clinical trial of SAT-3247 for DMD…

MDA advocacy program awards $140K to 7 rare disease groups

With projects spanning gene therapy research, patient advocacy, and air travel safety, seven U.S. organizations will receive $140,000 in overall funding from the Muscular Dystrophy Associations (MDA) Advocacy Collaboration Grant Program. The program, which opened in 2022, seeks to support and enhance key public policy and advocacy initiatives…

European committee not in favor of renewing Translarna’s approval

A committee of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has maintained its initial recommendation not to renew the conditional marketing authorization for Translarna (ataluren), PTC Therapeutics’ medication for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). The recommendation by the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) comes after the company appealed…

Juvena’s JUV-161 named FDA orphan drug for DM1

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given orphan drug designation to JUV-161, Juvena Therapeutics’ lead treatment candidate for myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1). Orphan drug status is designed to encourage the development of therapies for rare diseases, or those affecting fewer than 200,000 people in the U.S. It provides…