Therapeutic/Technology: Therapeutic Approach

Overcoming resistance to standard CD19-targeted CAR T using a novel triple antigen targeted vector

Translational Candidate A tri-specific chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell product that will prevent relapse since targets 3 different tumor antigens Area of Impact Relapse associated with single or double antigen-targeted CAR T cells Mechanism of Action By being able to target 3 different tumor antigens simultaneously on a single CAR product, there is much […]

Next generation affinity-tuned CAR for prostate cancer

Translational Candidate A next generation cell therapy product that targets prostate cancer cells Area of Impact Prostate cancer Mechanism of Action The therapeutic candidate when expressed on the surface of immune cells allow them to binds to a protein that is overexpressed on the prostate cancer cells and kills them. Unmet Medical Need Prostate cancer […]

CRISPR/Cas9-mediated gene editing of Hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells for Friedreich’s ataxia

Translational Candidate Autologous human CD34+ HSPC of patients with Friedreich’s ataxia, modified ex vivo using CRISPR/Cas9 to remove the GAA expansion mutation in frataxin Area of Impact Friedreich’s ataxia (FRDA) for which there is no effective treatment available Mechanism of Action The proposed therapy intervention is intended to impact the target indication of Friedreich's ataxia […]

Optogenetic therapy for treating retinitis pigmentosa and other inherited retinal diseases

Translational Candidate Ray-001 is an AAV gene therapy delivering a light sensitive gene to treat patients with advanced Retinitis Pigmentosa. Area of Impact Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) is a genetic disease that causes retinal degeneration leading to near or complete blindness for most patients. Mechanism of Action Ray Therapeutics' therapy (Ray-001) delivers a potent transgene with […]

Autologous MPO Knock-Out Hematopoietic Stem and Progenitor Cells for Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

Translational Candidate Autologous MPO Knock-Out Hematopoietic Stem and Progenitor Cells Area of Impact Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH), initially associated with Scleroderma (Systemic Sclerosis -SSC), and then applied to other causes of PAH Mechanism of Action Myeloperoxidase (MPO) protein produced by neutrophils plays a critical role in the development of PAH. Disrupting the MPO gene in […]

A human neural stem cell therapeutic candidate for the treatment of chronic cervical spinal cord injury

Translational Candidate The therapeutic candidate is a central nervous system tissue-derived GMP line developed under DISC2-10753 with an established GMP qualified seed bank. Area of Impact The target is chronic cervical spinal cord injury, which represents approximately 59% of clinical spinal cord injury cases. Mechanism of Action Integration of transplanted human neural stem cells is […]

Development of MyoDys45-55, a gene editing therapy for Duchenne muscular dystrophy

Translational Candidate A gene editing therapy for Duchenne muscular dystrophy that permanently removes a hotspot region of patient mutations to restore dystrophin. Area of Impact Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), a fatal muscle wasting disease with no cure. Mechanism of Action Our therapy uses CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing to permanently remove a hotspot region of DMD patient […]

CD72 nanoCARs for the treatment of refractory pediatric B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia

Translational Candidate CD72-targeting chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cells incorporating fully synthetic nanobodies Area of Impact Pediatric B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia refractory to currently available treatments without other potentially curative options Mechanism of Action The proposed candidate functions as Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR) T cell. When the CAR-T cell recognizes tumor cell expressing the designed […]

MPS II: Plasma cell delivery of iduronate sulfatase

Translational Candidate The patient’s own B cells will be engineered to express the therapeutic enzyme needed for care in Mucopolysaccharidosis type II (MPS II) patients Area of Impact MPS II, a rare genetic disease causing multi-organ symptoms and death by age 15, if not treated. Current treatment does not address major symptoms. Mechanism of Action […]

Development of novel synNotch CART cell therapy in patients with recurrent EGFRvIII+ glioblastoma

Translational Candidate Human T cells transduced with a lentiviral vector encoding anti-EGFRvIII synNotch-primed anti-EphA2/IL-13Rα2 chimeric antigen receptor. Area of Impact Glioblastoma is the most common malignant brain tumor, affecting approximately 3 out of 100,000 people/year in the USA with extremely poor prognosis. Mechanism of Action In our proposed system, the first antigen EGFRvIII, which is […]