MDA awarded a $500,000 grant to biotechnology company Halo Therapeutics for development of a treatment for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). The two-year grant begins in November 2013 and will run through Nov. 15, 2014. The Newton, Mass., company is developing HT-100, an experimental compound designed to combat excessive inflammation and formation of scar tissue in muscle and promote muscle regeneration. It has the potential to be used alone or in conjunction with other therapies and is now being tested in a 30-person clinical trial in boys and young men with DMD.
To learn more, read MDA Funds Development of Drug to Fight Inflammation, Scarring in DMD.