Author Archives: Marisa Wexler MS

NTLA-2001 Gene Editing Trial to Include Patients With Heart Disease

A clinical trial of the gene-editing therapy NTLA-2001 in people with familial amyloid polyneuropathy (FAP) is expanding to include those with a related condition, called ATTR amyloidosis with cardiomyopathy (ATTR-CM), Intellia Therapeutics, which is developing the therapy, reported. FAP is a form of ATTR amyloidosis — a group of disorders…

Protego Raises $51M to Support Its Protein-misfolding Therapies

Protego Biopharma has raised $51 million to support the development of therapies for diseases caused by protein misfolding, such as familial amyloid polyneuropathy (FAP). The series A financing was co-led by Lightspeed Venture Partners, Vida Ventures, and MPM Capital. As part of the financing, representatives from these three…

Gene-editing Therapy NTLA-2001 Given Orphan Drug Status by FDA

Note: this story was updated Nov. 24, 2021 to clarify that NTLA-2001 works by disrupting the TTR gene to reduce transthyretin levels.   The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given an orphan drug designation to NTLA-2001, an investigational gene-editing therapy for familial amyloid polyneuropathy (FAP) and other forms of…

Tegsedi Gets Innovative Medication Category Pricing in Brazil

Tegsedi (inotersen), an approved treatment for familial amyloid polyneuropathy (FAP), has received a Category 1 classification by the legal body tasked with economic regulation of medications in Brazil. Category 1 is given by Câmara de Regulação do Mercado de Medicamentos to innovative treatments that are more effective than…

Onpattro Now Will Be Reimbursed for Most Patients in Canada

Onpattro (patisiran) is now reimbursed for patients with familial amyloid polyneuropathy (FAP) living across most regions of Canada, according to Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, the therapy’s developer. The announcement comes following a positive recommendation for reimbursement from the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH) and the Institut…

Depression, Anxiety Common With FAP, Patient Survey Finds

Challenges with mental health often follow a person being told that they carry a mutation that causes familial amyloid polyneuropathy (FAP), a rare and progressive disease of adulthood, a study reports. “These results highlight the burden of [FAP] for patients and their relatives. Patients, carriers and their relatives and…

FDA to Decide on Vutrisiran’s Possible Approval by April 2022

Alnylam Pharmaceuticals’ application for the approval of vutrisiran, its investigational therapy for familial amyloid polyneuropathy (FAP), is being reviewed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), with a decision expected by April 14 of next year. The agency has indicated that it is not currently planning…

Amyl Raises Funds to Develop Therapies for Amyloidosis

Amyl Therapeutics has raised €18.3 million — about $22.2 million — to develop its ClariTY technology platform to advance therapeutic candidates for familial amyloid polyneuropathy (FAP) and other forms of amyloidosis. “The ClariTY platform offers the unique opportunity to generate therapeutic candidates able to target all amyloid fibril…