-Funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will support research to enable CRISPR / Cas9-based therapies for HIV that can benefit patients worldwide-
ZUG, Switzerland and CAMBRIDGE, Mass., December 14, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – CRISPR Therapeutics (Nasdaq: CRSP), a biopharmaceutical company focused on creating transformative gene drugs for serious disease, today announced the receipt of a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation research grant in vivo gene editing therapies for the treatment of HIV.
“While we have demonstrated the promise of CRISPR / Cas9 gene editing ex vivo in sickle cell anemia and beta thalassemia, a in vivo hematopoietic stem cell editing approach could allow the transformative advantage of CRISPR / Cas9 to reach a wider range of patients, including those in low-resource settings who lack sufficient infrastructure for cell transplantation strains, ”said Tony Ho, MD, executive vice president and head of Research & Development at CRISPR Therapeutics. “We look forward to working on new therapies that could contribute to the global effort to reduce the burden of HIV. “
The grant builds on CRISPR Therapeutics’ proprietary CRISPR / Cas9 gene editing technology and expertise in hematopoietic stem cell editing and contributes to efforts to accelerate transformative drugs for global health.
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CRISPR Therapeutics is a leading gene-editing company focused on the development of transformative gene-based drugs for severe disease using its proprietary CRISPR / Cas9 platform. CRISPR / Cas9 is a revolutionary gene editing technology that enables precise and directed modifications of genomic DNA. CRISPR Therapeutics has established a portfolio of therapeutic programs in a wide range of disease areas, including hemoglobinopathies, oncology, regenerative medicine and rare diseases. To accelerate and expand its efforts, CRISPR Therapeutics has established strategic partnerships with leading companies such as Bayer, Vertex Pharmaceuticals and ViaCyte, Inc. CRISPR Therapeutics AG is headquartered in Zug, Switzerland, with its wholly owned US subsidiary. , CRISPR Therapeutics, Inc., and R&D operations based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and sales offices in San Francisco, California and London, UK. For more information, please visit www.crisprtx.com.
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