Author Archives: Andrea Lobo

Oral SBMA therapy shows safety and tolerability in Phase 1 trial

NIDO-361, Nido Biosciences’ experimental oral treatment for spinal and bulbar muscular atrophy (SBMA), was seen to be generally safe and well tolerated in healthy adults who participated in an initial clinical trial. Results of the Phase 1 study (ACTRN12622000964718) were presented during the 2023 International Kennedy’s…

Bone health is impaired in SMA children, but treatment may help

Children with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) generally have poor bone health, including low bone mineral density and reduced bone formation and remodeling, a study indicates. The effect on bone health is more pronounced in children with worse motor function, but as treatment with Spinraza (nusinersen) improved motor function…

SMA may affect some cognitive abilities in type 2 and 3 children

Intellectual disability is not common among children with type 2 and 3 spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), but some aspects of cognitive function might be impaired in these children, according to a recent study. In particular, performance in specific tasks involving working memory — easily accessible information retained for…

Avenue acquires rights to AJ201 for SBMA in certain countries

Avenue Therapeutics has won the exclusive rights to develop and commercialize AJ201, AnnJi Pharmaceutical’s experimental treatment for spinal and bulbar muscular atrophy (SBMA), in certain regions of the globe under the terms of a new licensing agreement. Specifically, the agreement lists the U.S., Canada, the European…

Real-world evidence needed for new work in SMA, other disorders

TREAT-NMD and Aetion have formed a partnership to deliver real-world evidence and promote the development of new treatments for people with rare neuromuscular diseases, including spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). The projects will combine the expertise of the TREAT-NMD global registry network, which collects de-identified data from…