New Company Formed to Help Treat Myotonic Dystrophy

This month a new company Dyne Technologies was formed pioneering targeted therapies for muscle diseases, with an initial focus on Myotonic Dystrophy. This Company has been funded with $50 million in a series A round which is a solid foundation to begin a process to identify a treatment.
The approach they are using focuses on muscle. Of course, myotonic dystrophy is more than just muscle weakness so other organs and systems may be helped as well.

We are advancing treatments for serious muscle diseases, with an initial clinical focus on myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1), a rare, inherited disorder that causes muscle-wasting as well as cardiac and pulmonary dysfunction.

For each of the estimated 40,000 people in the U.S. living with DM1, the underlying cause of the disease is a genetic mutation in the DMPK gene. Despite clear drug targets and well-understood biology, drug development efforts have not resulted in effective therapies, largely due to the inability to deliver enough medicine to muscles while minimizing exposure to other tissues. Through our revolutionary FORCE platform, we aim to bring the first disease-modifying treatments to patients and families impacted by DM1.

Dyne Therapeutics

How does it work????

  • We have designed a therapeutic molecule by linking an antibody to an oligonucleotide.
  • The receptor is highly expressed on muscle cells. By engaging the receptor, the antibody brings the oligonucleotide to the primary site of disease and facilitates delivery into the muscle cells.
  • Once inside the cell, the oligonucleotide binds with the RNA that is driving disease progression.
  • Disease-causing RNA is degraded.
  • This highly targeted approach is designed to promote muscle health.
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Ionis Pharmaceuticals Pursuing More Potent Myotonic Dystrophy Drug

Recent information came to light that Ionis is still continuing pursue a drug for myotonic dystrophy. The first trial ended and was not successful. What we learned is that the team was impressed that progress was made. Rather than pursue this initial drug they may be switching to a new more highly improved drug. This makes sense as the cost to pursue a drug is high $$$$ and you want your best candidate forward.

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Florida Funding attract Key Myotonic Dystrophy Researchers to University of Florida

Building a Preeminent Research Program: The Center for NeuroGenetics

As an introduction to this newsletter, please check out a video created by Eric Wang, Ph.D., who is joining UF as an assistant professor of molecular genetics and microbiology in the Center for NeuroGenetics. This edition of On The Same Page is the story of how new and existing faculty can come together to create preeminent research programs.

In the UF community, the concept of “preeminence” has been used quite a bit of late. Florida’s “Preeminence Bill,” signed into law during the 2013 legislative session, designated the University of Florida as a preeminent university in the state. To help UF attain its goal of becoming a top 10 public university, a section of this bill provides funds to UF for the purpose of attracting outstanding faculty to advance our research mission.

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ISIS Issues Press Release on New Myotonic Dystrophy Drug

ISIS Pharmecuticals announces testing of new Drug to Treat Myotonic Dystrophy.

If you have this disease call you local research center and ask to be added to list of potential patients if you want to participate.

Isis Pharmaceuticals Initiates Phase 1/2 Study of ISIS-DMPK Rx in Patients With Myotonic Dystrophy Type 1

ISIS-DMPK Rx Extends the Targeting of Antisense Drugs to Include Muscle Tissue

CARLSBAD, Calif., Dec. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Isis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ISIS) announced today that it has initiated a study for ISIS-DMPKRx in patients with Myotonic Dystrophy Type 1 (DM1).  DM1 is a rare genetic neuromuscular disease caused by the production of toxic dystrophia myotonica-protein kinase (DMPK) RNA in cells.  ISIS-DMPKRx is specifically designed to reduce toxic DMPK RNA.

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Full Phase I Drug Trial Recruiting for Myotonic Dystrophy (DM1)

This week ISIS pharmaceuticals announced the commencement of recruiting for Phase I of the Myotonic Dystrophy Drug Trial. This is tremendous news for the myotonic dystrophy community. The promise of scientific research to define the DNA site, identify the cause of the disease,  then begin to develop treatments that would reverse the problems in the cell are culminating  to the promise of hope for all that suffer from this horrible affliction.

If you want to participate in this study you must act quickly and contact the centers that are conducting the research. Find the closest location and contact the person via email or phone. You must meet all (meaning all) the qualifications for the trial. The full information is on CLINICALTRIALS

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