Precision BioSciences Hosts Virtual R&D Day Highlighting its Proprietary ARCUS Technology and Recent In Vivo Gene Editing Program Developments
- Company highlights new preclinical data for wholly-owned and partnered programs following prioritization of in vivo gene editing portfolio
- Expands portfolio with PBGENE-PMM as a potentially curative treatment for primary mitochondrial myopathy
- Virtual R&D Day featuring key opinion leaders and members of Precision’s leadership and scientific teams to be held today at 9:00 AM ET
DURHAM, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Precision BioSciences, Inc. (Nasdaq: DTIL), an advanced gene editing company utilizing its novel proprietary ARCUS® platform to develop in vivo gene editing therapies, today announced that the Company plans to highlight its current development programs, pipeline updates, and underlying ARCUS platform technology during a virtual R&D Day to be held today at 9:00 AM ET.
“At Precision, we are moving forward with a renewed identity and focus on our core foundational strength as a gene editing company. During today’s R&D Day, we are excited to highlight the potential of our ARCUS genome editing platform to develop differentiated programs enabled by the nature of ARCUS’ unique cut, size, and simplicity,” said Michael Amoroso, Chief Executive Officer at Precision BioSciences. “In addition to illustrating where we see a clear advantage for ARCUS, we will drill down on the novel attributes of ARCUS that inform our development program strategy. We look forward to highlighting the progress we are making across our robust wholly-owned and partnered in vivo gene editing portfolio.”
“As we continue advancing our lead program PBGENE-HBV targeting hepatitis B virus (HBV) toward a 2024 clinical trial application (CTA) and/or investigational new drug (IND) application, we are pleased to introduce PBGENE-PMM, our first development candidate targeting mitochondrial DNA. PBGENE-PMM holds the potential to deliver a one-time, transformative treatment for patients with primary mitochondrial myopathy (PMM),” said Jeff Smith, Co-Founder and Chief Research Officer. “Together with PBGENE-HBV, we believe that both of these programs are emblematic of the unique advantages of our ARCUS technology. As we look ahead, we plan to drive organic development of programs focusing on more sophisticated edits such as viral or mutant mitochondrial genome elimination, defective gene excision, and gene insertion with ARCUS, while also establishing partnerships to rapidly advance programs.”
Guest speakers will include:
- Mark Sulkowski, M.D. - Chief, Division of Infectious Disease, John Hopkins University School of Medicine
- Carlos T. Moraes, Ph.D. - Lichtenstein Professor for Neurology, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
- Michio Hirano, M.D. - Chief, Division of Neuromuscular Disorders, New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center
Highlighted R&D Day Topics
ARCUS Platform Overview
Precision will highlight key capabilities and differentiating characteristics of its proprietary ARCUS genome editing platform, which may enable ARCUS nucleases to drive more intended, defined outcomes.
Pipeline Overview and Updates to Development Programs
- PBGENE-HBV is being developed for the treatment of patients with chronic hepatitis B, with submission of a CTA and/or IND application targeted for 2024. The Company will show data highlighting the potential of PBGENE-HBV to eliminate covalently closed circular DNA and inactivate integrated HBV DNA to drive durable antigen loss, leading to a potential functional cure. In addition, Dr. Alan List, Chief Medical officer at Precision, will be joined by Dr. Mark Sulkowski for a fireside chat on the HBV landscape.
- Precision will announce PBGENE-PMM as a potentially first-in-class opportunity for treatment of m.3243 associated primary mitochondrial myopathy. Mitochondrial diseases are the most common hereditary metabolic disorder, affecting 1 in 4,300 people. PMM currently lacks a curative treatment and impacts approximately 50% of patients with mitochondrial disease. The high specificity and single component nature of Precision’s mitoARCUS nucleases are designed to enable specific editing of mutant mitochondrial DNA while allowing the normal (wild-type) mitochondrial DNA to repopulate in the mitochondria and restore normal function. Precision expects to submit a CTA and/or IND in 2025. The Company will host a fireside chat between Dr. List, Dr. Carlos T. Moraes and Dr. Michio Hirano to discuss the mitochondrial disease space.
- PBGENE-NVS is being developed in collaboration with Novartis for patients with hemoglobinopathies, such as sickle cell disease and beta thalassemia. The companies intend to insert a therapeutic transgene in vivo as a potential one-time transformative treatment that could overcome many of the hurdles present today with other therapeutic technologies, including those that are utilizing an ex vivo gene editing approach.
- PBGENE-DMD is being developed with Prevail Therapeutics, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lilly, and is designed to utilize a pair of ARCUS nucleases, delivered by a single AAV, to excise an approximately 500,000 base pair mutation “hot spot” region from the dystrophin gene, resulting in a variant of the dystrophin protein that is functionally competent. The Company will highlight preclinical data demonstrating the potential of ARCUS in vivo gene editing for large gene excisions and that the edited dystrophin variant was observed in multiple tissue types frequently involved in progression of DMD, including skeletal muscle, heart, and diaphragm, enabling significantly improved muscle function.
- iECURE-OTC is being developed by iECURE as a potential treatment for neonatal onset ornithine transcarbamylase (OTC) deficiency with a target CTA and/or IND submission in 2023. The Company will highlight data demonstrating that iECURE-OTC showed stable gene insertion at one year and that efficient targeted insertion was achieved in non-human primates (NHPs) up to three months of age. In addition, 12-month follow-up biopsies continued to demonstrate durability, with gene insertion efficiency exceeding 20%, well above the expected threshold for clinical benefit.
Registration for this virtual event and access to the live webcast is available at http://precision2023rdday.q4ir.com or under Events & Presentations in the Investors section of the Precision BioSciences website at https://investor.precisionbiosciences.com. The accompanying presentation will also be available on the Events & Presentations in the Investors section of the Precision BioSciences website at https://investor.precisionbiosciences.com. The dial-in conference call number is 1 (888) 800-8518. The conference ID number for the call is 2795912. An archived replay of the webcast will be available on the Company website for one year following the presentation.
About Precision BioSciences, Inc.
Precision BioSciences, Inc. is an advanced gene editing company dedicated to improving life (DTIL) with its novel and proprietary ARCUS® genome editing platform that differs from other technologies in the way it cuts, its smaller size and its simpler structure. ARCUS is a highly precise and versatile genome editing platform that was designed with therapeutic safety, delivery, and control in mind. Using ARCUS, the Company’s pipeline is comprised of in vivo gene editing candidates designed to deliver lasting cures for the broadest range of genetic and infectious diseases where no adequate treatments exist. For more information about Precision BioSciences, please visit www.precisionbiosciences.com.
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