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AstraZeneca to Partner with Isis Pharmaceuticals to Advance Antisense Oligonucleotides Used in SMA Therapy

Isis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and AstraZeneca announced a new partnership to develop new, more efficient delivery methods of its antisense oligonucleotides to the desired tissue. Isis is currently utilizing its antisense technology to develop ISIS-SMNRx, an experimental therapy for spinal muscular atrophy being developed in collaboration with Biogen Idec. This new…

PTC’s Spinal Muscular Atrophy Phase 1b/2a Trial Begins

PTC Therapeutics, Inc. announced that their collaborative program with Roche and the SMA Foundation (SMAF) for Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) has begun its second phase with adult and children patients, as part of the Phase 1b/2a study. The program is evaluating the safety and tolerability of an under-investigation drug – survival of…

Hypertonia Identified in Study As Spinal Muscular Atrophy Symptom

A study entitled “Patient with spinal muscular atrophy with respiratory distress type 1 presenting initially with hypertonia” reports a case study of a two-month-old boy with spinal muscular atrophy with respiratory distress type 1 that displayed hypertonia as an initial symptom and progressing to bone tissue compromise, a new symptom that has…

Isis Pharma Receives $5 Million Milestone Payment From GlaxoSmithKline

Isis Pharmaceuticals received a $5 million milestone payment from partner GlaxoSmithKline following news of its investigational drug ISIS-GSK5Rx being granted the development candidate designation. ISIS-GSK5Rx is the second medication created as a result of the collaboration between the two companies and is an antisense drug, indicated for the treatment of an undisclosed ocular disease. Among other…