Disease Focus: Immune Disease


Research Objective CRISPR/Cas9 mediated FOXP3 gene editing in patient-derived hematopoietic stem cells as a cure for IPEX syndrome Impact FOXP3 mutation in IPEX syndrome leads to immune system dysregulation. Allogeneic HSCT, the only available treatment, has very poor outcomes including GvHD and low immune reconstitution. Major Proposed Activities Demonstrate specificity of targeted insertion of FOXP3 […]

Noncoding RNA drug TY1 as a therapeutic candidate for scleroderma and systemic sclerosis

Translational Candidate Modified synthetic noncoding RNA molecule Area of Impact Systemic Sclerosis Mechanism of Action The mechanism of action of TY1 is alleviating cell stress and damage through enhancing genes that alleviate cell stress which, in turn, control inflammation and fibrosis in diseases tissue. Unmet Medical Need Systemic sclerosis is an incurable disease with no […]

Ex Vivo Gene Editing of Human Hematopoietic Stem Cells for the Treatment of X-Linked Hyper-IgM Syndrome

Translational Candidate Human hematopoietic stem cells that have been gene-corrected at the CD40L gene to treat patients with X-Linked Hyper-IgM Syndrome Area of Impact These studies will bring stem cell gene therapy for XHIM closer to the clinic especially those without an HLA match or infections too severe for HSCT. Mechanism of Action The CRISPR/Cas9 […]

62nd Midwinter Conference of Immunologists

Cellular Immune Tolerance Symposium

Primary Immune Deficiency Treatment Consortium (PIDTC) Annual Scientific Workshop

A phase 1/2 study to evaluate a bispecific CD19/CD20-directed CAR T cell, in refractory lupus nephritis and systemic lupus erythematosus

Therapeutic Candidate or Device IMPT-514 is an autologous T-cell product genetically modified to express a chimeric antigen receptor targeting CD19 and CD20 Indication Active, refractory lupus nephritis (LN) and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) Therapeutic Mechanism Targeted depletion of pathogenic autoantibody-secreting B cells as well as CD20+ T cells by a bispecific CD19/CD20 -directed CAR T […]

Anti-HIV duoCAR-T cell therapy for HIV infection

Therapeutic Candidate or Device HIV-specific CAR-T cells Indication Management of HIV infection Therapeutic Mechanism We will modify T cells such that they are able to directly control HIV in the absence of therapy. Should this work, these cells will result in long-term control of HIV in absence of any ongoing treatment, a version of a […]


Therapeutic Candidate or Device The therapeutic candidate is an ex-vivo autologous gene therapy approach for Leukocyte Adhesion Deficiency-I (LAD-I). Indication The target clinical indication is Leukocyte Adhesion Deficiency-I (LAD-I), a pediatric hematological rare disease. Therapeutic Mechanism The therapeutic is based in an ex-vivo, lentiviral-based, patient-specific approach by genetically engineering the patient's own CD34 positively selected […]

Lentiviral Gene Therapy for Infants with X-linked Severe Combined Immunodeficiency using Autologous Bone Marrow Stem Cells and Busulfan Conditioning

Therapeutic Candidate or Device Bone marrow stem cells will be transduced with a lentiviral vector to deliver a normal copy of the gamma-chain gene to treat X-linked SCID. Indication x-linked severe combined immunodeficiency, a severe pediatric disorder in which children have multiple defects in their immune system. Therapeutic Mechanism The gene therapy will correct the […]