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AVROBIO Receives Orphan Drug Designation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for AVR-RD-05, a Gene Therapy for Mucopolysaccharidosis Type II (MPSII) or Hunter Syndrome


CAMBRIDGE, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AVROBIO, Inc. (Nasdaq: AVRO), a leading clinical-stage gene therapy company with a shared purpose to free people from a lifetime of genetic disease, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted orphan drug designation for AVR-RD-05, its gene therapy for the treatment of mucopolysaccharidosis type II (MPSII), or Hunter syndrome, a rare and seriously debilitating lysosomal disorder that primarily affects young boys.

Orphan drug designation is granted by FDA 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 drug designation provides certain incentives, which may include tax credits towards the cost of clinical trials and prescription drug user fee waivers.

Hunter syndrome is caused by a deficiency in the lysosomal enzyme iduronate-2-sulfatase (IDS), which is essential for breaking down large sugar molecules. The gene therapy uses a patient’s own hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) that are transduced ex vivo with a lentiviral vector encoding the human IDS enzyme. The company’s planned collaborator-sponsored Phase 1/2 clinical trial for Hunter syndrome is expected to commence in 2023 under the company’s collaboration with the University of Manchester, UK. The program was developed by Brian Bigger, Ph.D., professor of cell and gene therapy at the University of Manchester, who has previously published preclinical data demonstrating that HSC gene therapy deploying an optimized, proprietary tag has the potential to correct peripheral disease and normalize brain pathology.

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Anthos Therapeutics Announces that Abelacimab has Received FDA Fast Track Designation for the Treatment of Thrombosis Associated with Cancer


CAMBRIDGE, Mass., July 11, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Anthos Therapeutics, a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing innovative therapies for cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Fast Track Designation to its investigational Factor XI inhibitor, abelacimab, for the treatment of thrombosis associated with cancer. The company will also be announcing this important milestone today at a session of the ongoing 2022 Congress of the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH) Congress in London, UK.

The Fast Track Designation process is designed to facilitate the development and expedite the review of treatments for serious medical conditions, thereby, addressing unmet medical needs. Drugs that are included in this program may be eligible for more frequent interactions with the FDA to discuss the development path, and if the program criteria are met, eligibility for a potential Rolling Review, Accelerated Approval, and Priority Review.

Venous Thromboembolism (VTE), including both deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism, is the second most prevalent cause of death in patients with cancer, second only to the disease itself.1 However, treatment of Cancer Associated Thrombosis (CAT) can be challenging because the currently available anticoagulants used to treat VTE can have an increased risk of bleeding.2,3

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Phanes Therapeutics’ PT886 granted Orphan Drug Designation for the treatment of pancreatic cancer by the FDA


SAN DIEGO, June 30, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Phanes Therapeutics, Inc. (Phanes), an emerging leader in innovative discovery research and clinical development in oncology, announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted orphan drug designation to PT886 for the treatment of pancreatic cancer. Earlier this month, the FDA granted orphan drug designation to the company’s PT217 for the treatment of small cell lung cancer.

PT886 is a first-in-class bispecific antibody targeting claudin 18.2 (CLDN18.2) and cluster of differentiation 47 (CD47) being developed for patients with pancreatic cancer as well as gastric and gastroesophageal cancers. Pancreatic cancer is an aggressive form of cancer characterized by high mortality rates and significant morbidities. The 5-year survival rate of patients with pancreatic cancer is only 10.8% and projections for 2022 estimate that approximately 50,000 Americans will die of pancreatic cancer this year and by 2030 is projected to exceed breast, prostate, and colorectal malignancies as the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the US.

“PT886 has the potential to be a transformative treatment option for pancreatic cancer patients whose current standard of care is severely limited.” said Dr. Ming Wang, Founder and CEO of Phanes Therapeutics. “This orphan drug designation comes in the same month with our recent IND clearance for PT886, which we are rapidly progressing into the clinic. These important milestones the company has achieved in Q2 this year follow the March IND clearance for PT199, an anti-CD73 monoclonal antibody for the treatment of multiple solid tumors.”

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Aura Biosciences Receives FDA Fast Track Designation for Belzupacap Sarotalocan (AU-011) for the Treatment of Non-Muscle Invasive Bladder Cancer


CAMBRIDGE, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Aura Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: AURA), a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing a novel class of virus-like drug conjugate (VDC) therapies for multiple oncology indications, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Fast Track designation for belzupacap sarotalocan (AU-011), Aura’s first VDC product candidate, for the treatment of Non-Muscle Invasive Bladder Cancer (NMIBC).

“We are pleased that belzupacap sarotalocan has been granted Fast Track designation. We believe that, given that NMIBC presents such a high unmet medical need, the opportunity for more frequent interactions with Division of Oncology at FDA and the potential for Priority Review will be valuable as we advance further into clinical development in patients with NMIBC,” said Dr. Mark De Rosch, Chief Operating Officer and Head of Regulatory Affairs of Aura.

“NMIBC has no approved targeted therapies, and patients experience high levels of recurrence and progression, ultimately leading to cystectomy or the removal of the entire bladder,” said Dr. Cadmus Rich, Chief Medical Officer and Head of R&D of Aura. “This milestone supports our goal to advance the development of belzupacap sarotalocan for patients with NMIBC in need of better and earlier targeted treatment options with the potential to help preserve the bladder.”

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ALX Oncology Receives U.S. FDA Orphan Drug Designation for Evorpacept for the Treatment of Patients with Acute Myeloid Leukemia


SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., June 29, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — ALX Oncology Holdings Inc., (“ALX Oncology”) (Nasdaq: ALXO) a clinical-stage immuno-oncology company developing therapies that block the CD47 checkpoint pathway, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) granted orphan drug designation (“ODD”) to evorpacept, a next-generation CD47 blocker, for the treatment of patients with acute myeloid leukemia (“AML”).

“Receiving orphan drug designation in AML, and previously in gastric cancer, from the FDA is an important regulatory milestone and reflects the FDA’s recognition of evorpacept’s potential to improve clinical outcomes in patients with these advanced cancers,” said Sophia Randolph, M.D., Ph.D., Chief Medical Officer, ALX Oncology. “In our ongoing Phase 1/2 ASPEN-05 study (NCT04755244), we are excited to evaluate the combination of evorpacept with venetoclax and azacitidine in patients with previously untreated AML who are not candidates for intensive induction therapy or with relapsed/refractory AML.”

The FDA’s Office of Orphan Products Development grants ODD status to drugs and biologics intended for the safe and effective treatment, diagnosis or prevention of rare diseases or conditions affecting fewer than 200,000 people in the United States. ODD provides benefits to drug developers designed to support the development of drugs and biologics for small patient populations with unmet medical needs. These benefits include assistance in the drug development process, tax credits for qualified clinical costs, exemptions from certain FDA fees and seven years of marketing exclusivity.

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Apnimed Granted FDA Fast Track Designation for AD109, a Novel First-in-Class Oral Pharmacologic Combination for the Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)


CAMBRIDGE, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Apnimed, a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company focused on developing oral pharmacologic treatments to address obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and related disorders, announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Fast Track designation for its oral pharmacologic AD109 for the treatment of OSA.

“Fast Track designation is a significant milestone in the development of AD109 and provides an accelerated regulatory pathway that recognizes the urgent need for new pharmacologic treatments for OSA that are easier for people to tolerate,” said Larry Miller, M.D., Chief Executive Officer of Apnimed. “Currently the vast majority of more than 35 million Americans who have OSA remain untreated despite the potential for serious health risks associated with the condition, including cardiovascular disease and diabetes. We will continue to work closely with the FDA to support the development and review of AD109 beginning with the trial design for our Phase 3 program, which we anticipate initiating at the end of 2022.”

FDA’s Fast Track designation is intended to facilitate the development and expedite the review of new drugs to treat serious conditions and that fill an unmet medical need. The benefits of Fast Track designation include opportunities for frequent meetings with the FDA to discuss development plans, trial design, and data needed to support drug approval, as well as the ability to submit a New Drug Application (NDA) on a rolling basis, and eligibility for priority review, if relevant criteria are met.

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BioMarin Receives Positive CHMP Opinion in Europe for Valoctocogene Roxaparvovec Gene Therapy to Treat Adults with Severe Hemophilia A


SAN RAFAEL, Calif., June 24, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc. (NASDAQ: BMRN) announced today that the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) has adopted a positive opinion recommending conditional marketing authorization (CMA) for its investigational gene therapy, valoctocogene roxaparvovec, for adults with severe hemophilia A. A final approval decision, typically consistent with the CHMP recommendation, is expected from the European Commission in Q3 2022.

The one-time infusion is planned to be marketed under the brand name ROCTAVIAN™ (valoctocogene roxaparvovec), for the treatment of severe hemophilia A (congenital factor VIII deficiency) in adult patients without a history of factor VIII inhibitors and without detectable antibodies to adeno-associated virus serotype 5 (AAV5).  Roctavian is the first gene therapy to be recommended for approval in Europe for hemophilia A.  

It is estimated that more than 20,000 adults across Europe, Middle East, and Africa are affected by severe hemophilia A. BioMarin anticipates additional patient access through named patient sales based on an EMA approval in countries in the Middle East and Africa and expects additional market registrations to be facilitated by an anticipated EMA license.

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Adverum Biotechnologies Granted Priority Medicines (PRIME) Designation by European Medicines Agency for ADVM-022 in Wet AMD


REDWOOD CITY, Calif., June 24, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Adverum Biotechnologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: ADVM), a clinical-stage gene therapy company targeting unmet medical needs in ocular and rare diseases, today announced that the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has granted ADVM-022 Priority Medicines (PRIME) designation for the treatment of wet age-related macular degeneration (wet AMD).  Adverum’s lead gene therapy candidate, ADVM-022 is a one-time, intravitreal (IVT) injection for the treatment of patients with wet AMD.

PRIME is a program launched by the EMA to enhance support for research on and development of medicines that target a significant unmet medical need. This regulatory program offers developers of promising medicines enhanced interaction and early dialogue and is designed to optimize development plans and speed evaluation ensuring these medicines reach patients as early as possible. According to the EMA, developers of medicines that are eligible for PRIME can expect additional opportunities for scientific advice and be eligible for accelerated assessment at the time of application for a marketing authorization. Currently, only three ophthalmology therapies to date have been granted PRIME designation out of 14 submissions.

“We are extremely pleased with EMA’s decision to grant ADVM-022 PRIME designation. Following the encouraging results seen in the OPTIC trial in wet AMD, our PRIME designation recognizes the broad potential of ADVM-022 and is based in part on our trial subjects now having three-year sustained aflibercept expression with stable disease and maintained long-term central subfield thickness and visual acuity after a single IVT injection,” said Laurent Fischer, M.D., president and chief executive officer at Adverum Biotechnologies. “The current standard of care in wet AMD, a highly prevalent disease, requires frequent anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF) injections in the eye and is a lifelong burden for many patients and their caregivers. We believe ADVM-022 has the potential to provide a durable, safe and cost-effective in-office treatment option that addresses the needs of these patients, and their families, as well as retina specialists and health systems worldwide. We look forward to taking advantage of the benefits provided to us through PRIME as we continue the development of ADVM-022 in areas of high unmet need.”

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Regulus Therapeutics Announces Receipt of FDA Orphan Drug Designation for RGLS8429 for the Treatment of Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease (ADPKD)


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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Phanes Therapeutics’ PT217 receives Orphan Drug Designation for small cell lung cancer from the FDA


SAN DIEGO, June 21, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Phanes Therapeutics, Inc. (Phanes), an emerging leader in innovative discovery research and clinical development in oncology, announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted orphan drug designation to PT217 for the treatment of small cell lung cancer (SCLC).

PT217 is a first-in-class bispecific antibody targeting Delta-like ligand 3 (DLL3) and cluster of differentiation 47 (CD47) being developed for patients with SCLC and other neuroendocrine cancers.  SCLC is an aggressive pulmonary carcinoma hallmarked by high early mortality rates and significant morbidities throughout the disease’s progression. The 1-year survival of patients with SCLC is only 32.9%, with only 10.7% of patients surviving 3 years.

“PT217 has the potential to be a transformative treatment option for SCLC patients whose initial response to chemotherapy is short-lived and inevitably becomes resistant to chemotherapeutic agents” said Dr. Ming Wang, Founder and CEO of Phanes Therapeutics. “We have built a strong pipeline in immuno-oncology by leveraging our proprietary technology platforms and expect to file an IND for PT217 by the third quarter of this year. This orphan drug designation follows two recent IND clearances for our PT199, an anti-CD73 monoclonal antibody and PT886, an anti-Claudin 18.2/anti-CD47 bispecific antibody, programs which we are progressing into the clinic.”

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