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

Agency Recommends England’s NHS Cover Amvuttra for Treating FAP

England’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has issued a draft guidance recommending Amvuttra (vutrisiran) be available through the country’s National Health Service (NHS) for treating familial amyloid polyneuropathy (FAP). Amvuttra is one of the first rare disease treatments to get the green light from NICE…

Onpattro Approval Sought for ATTR Amyloidosis With Cardiomyopathy

Alnylam Pharmaceuticals has submitted an application to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) asking the agency to approve Onpattro (patisiran) for the treatment of transthyretin-mediated (ATTR) amyloidosis with cardiomyopathy. Onpattro already is approved to treat familial amyloid polyneuropathy (FAP), a genetic disorder in which toxic tangles…

NTLA-2001 Shows Benefits for ATTR Patients With Heart Disease

One-time treatment with the experimental gene-editing therapy NTLA-2001 led to substantial reductions in the levels of toxic transthyretin protein that were sustained for several months in people with ATTR amyloidosis with cardiomyopathy (ATTR-CM). That is according to data shared by NTLA-2001’s co-developer, Intellia Therapeutics, at the American Heart Association…

Amvuttra Approved in Europe as Polyneuropathy Treatment for FAP

The European Commission has approved Amvuttra (vutrisiran) as a treatment for familial amyloid polyneuropathy (FAP) — also known as hereditary transthyretin-mediated (hATTR) amyloidosis with polyneuropathy — for people in the EU with stage 1 or stage 2 polyneuropathy. The decision was announced by the medication’s developer, Alnylam…

Onpattro Prevents Function Decline, Boosts Life Quality in Phase 3 Study

Onpattro (patisiran), a widely approved treatment for familial amyloid polyneuropathy (FAP), preserved functional ability and improved life quality for people with a related form of heart disease called transthyretin-mediated (ATTR) amyloidosis with cardiomyopathy. That’s according to top-line results from the Phase 3 APOLLO-B clinical trial, which tested the…

Orsini Chosen for Distribution of Approved FAP Treatment Amvuttra

Alnylam Pharmaceuticals has selected Orsini Specialty Pharmacy to distribute Amvuttra (vutrisiran), which was recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat familial amyloid polyneuropathy (FAP). “We are honored to work with Alnylam in providing access to this important treatment option or medication for…

Gene-editing Therapy NTLA-2001 Found to Reduce TTR Protein Levels

A one-time treatment with NTLA-2001, Intellia Therapeutics’ experimental gene-editing therapy for people with familial amyloid polyneuropathy (FAP) and other types of ATTR amyloidosis, continued to demonstrate reduced levels of the disease-driving transthyretin (TTR) protein for at least six months, new data show. “Based on the interim data shared today,…