Oligonucleotide therapeutics have been making headlines this past year, between the groundbreaking new mRNA vaccines and the recent news of phenomenal interim results for Intellia’s investigational genome editing treatment for ATTR amyloidosis. Neither of these would have been possible without a lesser-known component – [...]
Tom Brown Ph.D. Professor of Nucleic Acid Chemistry University of Oxford, Founder of ATDBio Ltd (and now Chief consultant). How did you become interested in the field of oligonucleotides? All my family members were manual workers, and I was the first to go [...]
Intellia Therapeutics and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals’ recent announcement is a major milestone worth celebrating. They shared interim data from the first ever human study using systemically administered CRISPR as a gene editing therapy. Early results that surpassed expectations show that not only is the CRISPR-based therapy [...]
By: Annemieke Aartsma-Rus, Ph.D. Safety, Immunogenicity, and Efficacy of the BNT162b2 Covid-19 Vaccine in Adolescents. Frenck et al. N Engl J Med. 2021 May 27; DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa2107456 While waiting in line to receive my second Moderna Covid-19 mRNA vaccine, I read the recent paper on [...]
Vision is one of our most priceless senses. Without it, we miss out on precious visuals, such as witnessing a child’s face light up with joy or seeing a glorious sunset, and even the important relational activity of reading the expressions on someone’s face [...]
The human body is phenomenally complex, and we are continually discovering incredible facts about it. One fascinating aspect lies in splicing of RNA as it is processed in the cell. Alternate splicing of a single pre-mRNA molecule can create tens of thousands of different [...]
Presenter: Arthur M. Krieg, MD, Checkmate Pharmaceuticals Date: 19 April 2018 Description: RNA and DNA oligonucleotides with charged backbones commonly cause immune activation, which can be recognized by appropriate in vitro and/or in vivo testing. Eukaryotic innate immune systems have evolved multiple receptors to [...]
Annabelle Biscans, PhD AstraZeneca R&D Sweden How did you become interested in the field of oligonucleotides? My introduction and interest in the oligonucleotide therapeutics world began in 2012 during my PhD at the University of Montpellier, France. When I started my PhD, I did [...]
Koblan LW, Erdos MR, Wilson C, Cabral WA, Levy JM, Xiong ZM, Tavarez UL, Davison LM, Gete YG, Mao X, Newby GA, Doherty SP, Narisu N, Sheng Q, Krilow C, Lin CY, Gordon LB, Cao K, Collins FS, Brown JD, Liu DR.
Nature. 2021 Jan;589(7843):608-614.
When the FDA issued emergency use authorization for Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccines, mRNA instantly became a household word. Many people believed that this new technology had sprung up out of nowhere in less than a year. What they did not know is that [...]