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Orchard Therapeutics and UCLA Receive USD20 Million in Latest Round of Funding from California’s Stem Cell Agency

Orchard Therapeutics
Posted on: 24 Nov 16

London, UK, November 23, 2016 / B3C newswire / -- Orchard Therapeutics Limited, a clinical-stage biotechnology company, dedicated to bringing transformative gene therapies to patients with serious and life-threatening orphan diseases and researchers from the UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research, led by Orchard Scientific Advisory Board member Dr. Donald Kohn have been awarded $20 million by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine’s governing board (CIRM).

The grant will fund a new clinical trial for Severe Combined Immunodeficiency caused by adenosine deaminase deficiency, commonly known as ADA-SCID or “bubble baby” disease. ADA-SCID is a rare inherited disorder of the immune system. ADA-SCID is caused by mutations in the gene encoding for the enzyme adenosine deaminase, which result in a severe deficiency in white blood cells and life-threatening infections. In the absence of treatment, ADA-SCID is fatal within the first months of life.

To date, over 40 ADA-SCID patients have been treated in clinical trials with autologous ex-vivo lentiviral gene therapy at UCLA, Los Angeles and at the Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) in London, UK. All patients have survived (100% overall survival) and the treatment has been shown to restore patients’ immune function, with a favourable safety profile.

The treatment uses the patient’s own stem cells which are modified with a functioning copy of the missing or faulty gene before being transplanted back into the patient’s body. The use of the patient’s own cells (autologous) removes the need to search for a matching stem cell donor, which can take months or even years.

“We are very grateful for this funding and for all the patients who have already gone through our clinical trials,” said Dr. Kohn, a professor of pediatrics in the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, professor of microbiology, immunology and molecular genetics in Life Sciences at UCLA, member of the UCLA Children’s Discovery and Innovation Institute at Mattel Children’s Hospital and the principal investigator on the trial.

Dr. Alexander Pasteur, Orchard’s interim Chief Executive Officer, added “funding from CIRM will allow UCLA and Orchard Therapeutics to accelerate the development program with ex-vivo autologous lentiviral gene therapy, which could potentially greatly benefit patients.”


About ADA-SCID
ADA-SCID is a rare inherited disorder of the immune system. The incidence of ADA-SCID is currently estimated between 1 in every 375,000 to 660,000 live births according to literature sources. The actual incidence could be higher. ADA-SCID is caused by mutations in the gene encoding for the adenosine deaminase enzyme, which result in a severe deficiency in white blood cells and life-threatening infections.

About UCLA
UCLA is an international leader in the breadth and quality of its academic, research, health care, cultural, continuing education and athletics programs. With more than 43,300 undergraduate and graduate students, it is the largest university in California. The UCLA College and 12 professional schools offer more than 5,000 courses, 124 undergraduate majors and 91 minors, 98 master’s programs, and 109 doctoral and professional programs. Seven alumni and six faculties have been awarded the Nobel Prize. UCLA performs well in a wide variety of national and international university rankings. 

About Orchard Therapeutics
Orchard Therapeutics is a clinical-stage biotechnology company dedicated to bringing transformative ex-vivo gene therapies to patients with serious and life-threatening orphan diseases.


Contact

Sylvie Blanchier
+44 (0) 7469 935464
sylvie.blanchier@orchard-tx.com

 

For more information:
www.b3cnewswire.com/201611231497/orchard-therapeutics-and-ucla-receive-20-million-in-latest-round-of-funding-from-californias-stem-cell-agency.html

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Mike Wood
PharmiWeb.com
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Last updated on: 24/11/2016

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