Therapeutic/Technology: Nucleic acid based therapy


Role of ataxin-3 polyadenylation site selection in ALS neuron toxicity and disease pathogenesis

Research Objective Here we will study the role of ataxin-3 alternative polyadenylation in the pathogenesis of ALS, and test if ASOs can reduce distal polyadenylation of ataxin-3 to rescue ALS disease phenotypes Impact Our goal is to determine if ataxin-3 genetic dysregulation is a target for the development of therapies to treat ALS (Lou Gehrig's […]

RNA-based therapeutics to augment regulatory T cells: a novel approach to treat myocarditis

Research Objective Use human cell therapy insights, specifically CDC-secreted EV analysis, to develop a noncoding RNA chemical entity for myocarditis treatment. Impact Key knowledge gap is how to recruit adaptive immunity to limit inflammation/heart injury in myocarditis. Boosting regulatory T cells is not yet a viable option. Major Proposed Activities Investigate the mechanism(s) by which […]

Modified RNA-Based Gene Therapy for Cardiac Regeneration Through Cardiomyocyte Proliferation

Research Objective Efficacious and safe intramyocardial delivery of modified mRNA encoding cell cycle regulators as a gene therapy for cardiac regeneration through resident cardiomyocyte proliferation. Impact This project would provide disease-modifying gene therapy for people with heart failure due to loss of cardiac muscle, a leading cause of deaths in the US, using novel modified […]

Novel antisense therapy to treat genetic forms of neurodevelopmental disease.

Research Objective We propose to discovery and evaluate antisense gene therapy for specific mutations underlying debilitating or life-threatening neurodevelopmental diseases including epilepsy and autism syndromes. Impact The conditions are four specific neurodevelopmental syndromes where mutations are well suited to ASO therapy. The bottlenecks are current lack of cellular evidence for ASOs to impact disease course. […]

New noncoding RNA chemical entity for heart failure with preserved ejection fraction.

Research Objective Modified synthetic noncoding RNA molecule Impact Heart failure with preserved ejection fraction Major Proposed Activities Lead optimization Perform extensive preclinical testing and select a therapeutic candidate. Develop and test preliminary potency assays based on mechanistic insights. Demonstration of injury-modifying bioactivity in a clinically-relevant human progenitor cell population. Optimize formulation and dosing for intravenous […]

Hypoxia-specific Production of Exosomes from iPSC-derivatives for Myocardial Repair

Research Objective A lead therapeutic candidate will be selected: 1) exosomes from hypoxia-injured iPSC-derived cardiomyocytes (iCMs), 2) exosomal miRNA cluster, and 3) siRNA inhibition of exosomal target gene, Notch3. Impact Effective targeted therapy to restore the injured and vulnerable myocardium is urgently needed to reduce the high mortality of HF patients. Promising discovery of iPSC […]

Development of a SYF2 antisense oligonucleotide (ASO) treatment for ALS

Research Objective We will develop an antisense oligonucleotide, or DNA therapy for diverse forms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Impact ALS is fatal and incurable, and if successful, we will develop a treatment that slows or stops ALS progression across a broad range of patients. Major Proposed Activities Selection of the lead drug by testing […]

Targeting cancer stem cells with nanoparticle RNAi delivery to prevent recurrence and metastasis of ovarian cancer

Research Objective Our objective is to develop novel treatments for women with ovarian cancer, specifically treatments that target stem cells to reverse drug resistance. These will treat recurrent metastatic disease. Impact We aim to use nanoparticles to make ovarian cancer stem cells more drug sensitive, less invasive, and less likely to regrow tumors and metastasize. […]

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 […]

Development of a Gene Therapy for the Treatment of Arginase Deficiency – Translating from Proof of Concept to Support Pre-IND Meeting

Translational Candidate Adeno-associated viral vector serotyped for hepatic tropism to express Arginase 1 in hepatocytes. Area of Impact Developing a new therapy for Arginase Deficiency, where present day this is minimally effective at best. Mechanism of Action The proposed clinical candidate is a virus that has been altered to carry the gene for & produce […]