Precision BioSciences Expands Hepatitis Scientific Advisory Board with Addition of World-Class Clinical Investigators Mark Sulkowski, M.D. and Jordan Feld, M.D., MPH, as PBGENE-HBV Program Nears Clinical Readiness

Precision BioSciences Expands Hepatitis Scientific Advisory Board with Addition of World-Class Clinical Investigators Mark Sulkowski , M.D. and Jordan Feld, M.D., MPH, as PBGENE-HBV Program Nears Clinical Readiness.

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 for sophisticated gene edits, including gene elimination, insertion, and excision, today announced the appointment of Mark Sulkowski, M.D. and Jordan Feld, M.D., M.P.H. to its Hepatitis Scientific Advisory Board (SAB). Dr. Sulkowski and Dr. Feld will join Raymond Schinazi, Ph.D., DSc, inaugural member of Precision’s Hepatitis SAB, to provide counsel and deepen the Company’s scientific and clinical expertise ahead of Precision’s anticipated Investigational New Drug (IND) and/or Clinical Trial Application (CTA) submission of PBGENE-HBV for the treatment of chronic hepatitis B in the second half of 2024.

“We are thrilled and privileged to welcome Dr. Sulkowski and Dr. Feld as members of our SAB as we rapidly advance the development of PBGENE-HBV towards the clinic,” said Michael Amoroso, President and Chief Executive Officer of Precision BioSciences. “Together, they bring immense expertise as investigators in hepatitis clinical trials, which will be invaluable as we expect to submit the IND and/or CTA applications for PBGENE-HBV later this year, bringing our first wholly owned ARCUS nuclease into clinical trials. We look forward to leveraging the SAB’s input to guide the development of PBGENE-HBV and the broader potential of our ARCUS platform.”

“Dr. Sulkowski and Dr. Feld are welcome additions to the SAB as Precision nears key inflection points,” said Dr. Raymond Schinazi, a pioneer of treatments for hepatitis and member of Precision’s Hepatitis Scientific Advisory Board. “Mark’s and Jordan’s contributions to the existing hepatitis B body of knowledge establishes them as leaders in the field, and we are delighted to have advisors of their caliber coming aboard.”

Precision BioSciences Hepatitis Scientific Advisory Board includes:

Mark Sulkowski, M.D. is a Professor of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the Director of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. He also serves as the Medical Director of the Viral Hepatitis Center in the Divisions of Infectious Diseases and Gastroenterology /Hepatology in the Department of Medicine and is the Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Trials. Dr. Sulkowski has been the principal investigator for more than 120 clinical trials related to the management of viral hepatitis B and C and has published over 300 peer reviewed articles with works in Annals of Internal Medicine, New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, Clinical Infectious Diseases, Journal of Hepatology, and Hepatology.

Jordan Feld, M.D., M.P.H. is the Site Lead for Clinical Research at Toronto General Hospital. He is also Professor of Medicine and the R. Phelan Chair in Translational Liver Research at the University of Toronto, where he serves as Research Director in Gastroenterology with the Francis Family Liver Clinic at Toronto Western Hospital. Dr. Feld is a Hepatitis B Special Interest Group Executive of AASLD, a member of the AASLD Viral Hepatitis Elimination Task Force, the ASCO Provisional Clinical Opinion on Hepatitis B Reactivation Working Group, and the Hepatitis Steering Committee of the AIDS Clinical Trials Group Network Coordinating Center/Hepatitis Transformative Science Group. Dr. Feld is deeply involved in clinical and laboratory-focused translational research and has published extensively on prevention of viral hepatitis transmission, long-term nucleotide analogue therapy in chronic hepatitis B, and hepatitis B vaccination.

Raymond Schinazi, Ph.D., DSc is the Frances Winship Walters Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Laboratory of Biochemical Pharmacology at Emory University and Co-Director of the HIV Cure Scientific Working Group for the NIH-sponsored Emory University Center for AIDS Research. Dr. Schinazi has authored over 550 peer-reviewed papers, seven books and holds over 100 issued US patents, which have resulted in 22 New Drug Applications. A world leader in nucleoside chemistry, Dr. Schinazi is best known for his pioneering work on HIV, HBV, and HCV drugs d4T (stavudine), 3TC (lamivudine), FTC (emtricitabine), LdT (telbivudine), and sofosbuvir (Sovaldi), which are all approved by the US FDA and the EMEA. More than 94% of HIV-infected individuals in the US on combination therapy take at least one of the drugs he invented.

About Hepatitis B and PBGENE-HBV:

Hepatitis B is a leading cause of morbidity in the US and death globally, with no curative options currently available for patients. In 2019, despite the availability of approved antiviral therapies, an estimated 300 million people globally and more than 1 million people in the US were estimated to have chronic hepatitis B infection. An estimated 15% to 40% of patients with HBV infections may develop complications, such as cirrhosis, liver failure, or liver cancer (hepatocellular carcinoma), which account for the majority of HBV-related deaths.

Chronic hepatitis B infection is primarily driven by persistence of HBV cccDNA and integration of HBV DNA into the human genome in liver cells, the primary source of HBsAg in late-stage disease. Current treatments for patients with HBV infection include agents that result in long-term viral suppression as indicated by reduction of circulating HBV DNA, but these therapies do not eradicate HBV cccDNA, rarely lead to functional cure, and require lifelong administration. PBGENE-HBV is a highly specific, novel therapeutic approach to treating patients with chronic HBV infection. It’s designed to directly eliminate cccDNA and inactivate integrated HBV DNA with high specificity, potentially leading to functional cures.

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. Key capabilities and differentiating characteristics may enable ARCUS nucleases to drive more intended, defined therapeutic outcomes. 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

The ARCUS® platform is being used to develop in vivo gene editing therapies for sophisticated gene edits, including gene insertion (inserting DNA into gene to cause expression/add function), elimination (removing a genome e.g. viral DNA or mutant mitochondrial DNA), and excision (removing a large portion of a defective gene by delivering two ARCUS nucleases in a single AAV).

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