SAN DIEGO, June 21, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Regulus Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: RGLS), a biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of innovative medicines targeting microRNAs (the “Company” or “Regulus”), today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted orphan drug designation (ODD) to RGLS8429 for the treatment of Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease (ADPKD).
“Patients living with ADPKD currently have limited treatment options and approximately half of patients develop end-stage renal disease by age 60 requiring dialysis or transplantation,” commented Jay Hagan, CEO of Regulus Therapeutics. “ADPKD is a disease of high unmet need affecting nearly 160,000 Americans. We look forward to advancing RGLS8429 through the clinic with the goal of improving future treatment options for patients in need.”
The FDA’s Office of Orphan Products Development grants orphan designation status to drugs and biologics that are intended for the safe and effective treatment, diagnosis or prevention of rare diseases, or conditions that affect fewer than 200,000 people in the U.S. Orphan designation status is intended to facilitate drug development for rare diseases and may provide several benefits to drug developers, including financial incentives, to support clinical development and the potential for up to seven years of market exclusivity in the U.S. upon regulatory approval.
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