FDA gives Abeona go-ahead to start gene therapy trial

Abeona Therapeutics has received permission to test out its gene therapy on a small group of patients with a fatal rare disease.

The trial will involve six-to-nine patients with Sanfilippo Syndrome Type A. Children with the condition have a genetic defect that prevents them from properly breaking down certain sugars, which leads to muscular and cognitive decline.

Abeona aims to deliver a functional version of that gene into their bodies in one dose, through an IV. The gene would then be carried into their cells via a common virus.

Read more in Crain’s Cleveland Business and Columbus Business First.

Articles originally published February 29 and March 1, 2016.

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