PTC Therapeutics And University of Pennsylvania Collaborate On Orphan Disease Research
Published: Mar 19, 2015
SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J., March 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- PTC Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: PTCT) today announced a collaboration with the Orphan Disease Center at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania focused on translational research for discovering and developing new treatments for orphan disorders. The partnership reflects both parties' commitment to developing treatments and improving the lives of those who suffer from rare diseases.
The first collaborative initiative will focus on Translarna (ataluren) for the lysosomal storage disease Mucopolysaccharidosis I (MPS I) due to a nonsense mutation. MPS I is an inherited lysosomal storage disorder caused by a deficiency of alpha-L-iduronidase, a lysosomal enzyme involved in the breakdown of complex carbohydrates known as glycosaminoglycans (GAGs). As a consequence of the disease, cells are unable to excrete carbohydrate residues that accumulate in the lysosomes. This cellular debris buildup disrupts the cell's normal function, resulting in clinical manifestations of the disease. There is an urgent need for the development of new treatments for MPS I as currently available therapeutics do not adequately address the bone, CNS or cardiac symptoms of the disease.
"We are excited to establish this partnership with PTC Therapeutics," said James M. Wilson, M.D., Ph.D., director of both the Orphan Disease Center and the Gene Therapy Program and professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine in Penn's Perelman School of Medicine. "PTC's leadership in the development of treatments for orphan diseases and expertise in RNA biology along with our expertise in gene therapy, makes this a powerful partnership for developing new therapies in orphan diseases."
"We are honored to be working with the Orphan Disease Center," stated Stuart Peltz, Ph.D., CEO of PTC Therapeutics, Inc. "The initial focus will be on Translarna in MPS I, emphasizing our commitment to develop Translarna as both a product and a pipeline. In addition, the collaboration will explore other potential targets to develop new treatments for patients suffering from orphan diseases. This alliance underscores our commitment to working with partners that are at the forefront of science and medicine to continue to develop innovative treatments for rare and neglected diseases."
PTC is initiating a multi-center, Phase 2, proof-of-concept study which will evaluate the safety and pharmacokinetics of Translarna in patients with nonsense mutation MPS I. Pharmacodynamic activity will also be explored by an assessment of GAG levels in cerebrospinal fluid, urine and blood. Initial data from this study is expected by the end of 2015.
About PTC Therapeutics, Inc.
PTC is a global biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of orally administered, proprietary small molecule drugs targeting an area of RNA biology we refer to as post-transcriptional control. Post-transcriptional control processes are the regulatory events that occur in cells during and after a messenger RNA is copied from DNA through the transcription process. PTC has received conditional marketing authorization in the European Economic Area for Translarna for the treatment of nonsense mutation Duchenne muscular dystrophy in ambulatory patients aged five years and older. PTC's internally discovered pipeline addresses multiple therapeutic areas, including rare disorders, oncology and infectious diseases. PTC has discovered all of its compounds currently under development using its proprietary technologies. PTC plans to continue to develop these compounds both on its own and through selective collaboration arrangements with leading pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. For more information on the company, please visit our website www.ptcbio.com.
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