Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

DMD: Summit Granted Patents for Utrophin Booster

Summit PLC, a biotechnology company based in Abingdon, United Kingdom, has announced it now has two U.S. patents for its experimental drug SMT C1100 for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD).

The patents will provide commercial protection to the company as it continues the further development of this drug. However, the drug will not become available to patients until it receives approval from regulatory agencies.

DMD: Prosensa Announces New Grant and Provides Exon-Skipping Update

Dutch biotechnology company Prosensa, developer of experimental drugs to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) using exon skipping, announced encouraging developments in an Aug. 28, 2013, press release.

Fayetteville, N.Y., Twins with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy To Be Featured on National MDA Telethon

MDA's 'Bridge-to-Industry' Program Awards Second Grant

Christopher Penton recently completed his doctorate (Ph.D.) in integrated biomedical sciences at Ohio State University in Columbus.

MDA Awards $8.5 Million to 31 Neuromuscular Disease Research Projects

In its summer 2013 round of research grant awards, the Muscular Dystrophy Association aims to catalyze research progress in a dozen neuromuscular diseases, with an eye toward applying that knowledge to related muscle diseases, as well.

“A large number of our grants are investigating new therapeutic technologies,” notes Jane Larkindale, MDA's vice president of research. “These are 'platform' technologies, where successes can be transferred well beyond the specific disease in which they are developed and tested.”

DMD: Exon-Skipping Drug Drisapersen Appears to Increase Dystrophin Levels

Multinational pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has released encouraging results about dystrophin protein production in a phase 2, non-U.S. trial of its exon-skipping compound drisapersen in boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD).

MDA Funds Study of Prednisone in Very Young Boys with DMD

Pediatric neurologist Anne Connolly has received an MDA grant to study the effects of prednisone on Duchenne muscular dystrophy in very young children.

MDA Study Reveals ‘Cost of Illness’ for ALS, DMD, MMD

"We now have numbers to point to," said Annie Kennedy, MDA's senior vice president of advocacy. "It's not just a back-of-the-envelope calculation anymore. It's real data."

DMD — Christopher Penton, Ph.D.

Christopher Penton, who recently earned his doctorate in integrated biomedical sciences at Ohio State University in Columbus, was awarded an MDA research grant totaling $180,000 over three years to study ways to improve muscle regeneration and decrease muscle scar tissue formation in Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD).

Nationwide Children’s Podcast Explores Therapy Development for DMD

In a July 2013 podcast from Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, longtime MDA grantee Jeffrey Chamberlain discusses recent advances in the development of gene therapy (gene transfer) and stem cell therapy (transplantation) for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), the results of which may apply to other types of muscular dy

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