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Category Archives: Genetic Therapy

Gene Therapy is Finally Here, But Who Will Foot the Bill – Wall Street Pit

Human protein-coding genes number from 20,000 up to 25,000. If just one of these genes gets altered or a code gets missing, it can be fatal to an individual Continue reading

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Gene therapy skin grafts for obesity and diabetes – BioNews

A proof-of-concept study in mice has demonstrated how skin grafts could deliver gene therapy for obesity and diabetes. 'We think this platform has the potential to lead to safe and durable gene therapy, in mice and we hope, someday, in humans, using selected and modified cells from skin,' said senior author Dr Xiaoyang Wu of the University of Chicago, Illinois Continue reading

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A Novel Form of Gene Therapy Can Treat Diabetes With Genetically Modified Skin Transplants – Big Think

Researchers from the University of Chicago have successfully completed a proof-of-concept studywhere they managed to treat obesity in mice using a new type of gene therapy that utilized skin transplants. Human skin transplantation is a well-established clinical approach that has been used for the treatment of burns. However, using it as a vehicle to deliver genetic treatments for non-skin diseases could be revolutionary. Continue reading

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Pfizer’s push into gene therapy adds more jobs in Sanford – News & Observer

Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer is expanding its facilities in Sanford to accommodate the companys push into gene therapy. The state Department of Commerce announced earlier this week that Pfizer would invest $100 million in the site and create 40 jobs there within three years. The average annual salary for the new positions will be $97,500, much higher than Lee Countys average annual wage of $38,250 Continue reading

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Silverstein-backed startup will test gene therapy for Parkinson’s – FierceBiotech

Regenxbio has joined forces with investment firm OrbiMed and a new nonprofit foundation to create Prevail Therapeutics, a startup focused on new biologics and gene therapiesfor Parkinson's disease (PD). Prevail will draw on the expertise of the Silverstein Foundation for Parkinson's with GBA, which concentrates on a particular form of the disease caused by mutations in the glucocerebrosidase gene Continue reading

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Pfizer Plans Gene Therapy Manufacturing Investment in North Carolina – BioPharm International

Pfizer is moving forward with plans to invest in a new clinical and commercial gene therapy manufacturing facility in Sanford, NC, but the work is still in the preliminary stages, said the company. A $100-million investment in the Sanford facilities is expected to create 40 jobs, according to a press release from the North Carolina governors office. The facility will build upon a technology first developed at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Continue reading

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