Author Archives: Andrea Lobo

Evrysdi benefited baby despite her having 1 copy of SMN2 gene

An 8-month-old girl with a clinical and genetic diagnosis of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) type 1 saw her condition improve after starting treatment with Evrysdi (risdiplam), according to a recent case reported in China. Specifically, the treatment improved the girl’s muscle tone and head control as…

Toddler dies after months of delay in diagnosing SMA type 1

A young girl whose muscle weakness and respiratory distress in infancy were treated only as such was diagnosed as a 1-year-old with a severe form of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), scientists in Pakistan report. She died shortly after her SMA type 1 diagnosis, and after starting on supportive…

Low-cost method may quickly spot carriers of SMA-causing mutations

Researchers in China report having developed a way to quickly and more easily screen for people who carry SMN1 gene mutations associated with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). This method showed high accuracy for correctly identifying both those who are and are not carriers of SMA-causing mutations, compared with…

Voyager, Novartis join to advance next-generation SMA gene therapy

Voyager Therapeutics is collaborating with Novartis to discover and develop next-generation gene therapies for conditions like spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). Under terms of the agreement, Novartis will obtain a target-exclusive license to Voyager’s TRACER capsids for SMA and Huntington’s disease, and it will…

Revvity launches platform for streamlined newborn screening

Revvity has launched its EONIS Q system for faster and simplified newborn molecular screening of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) and severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), the company announced. According to Revvity, this easy-to-use platform reduces the complexity and costs for laboratories, so they can expand newborn screening capabilities.

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…