Marina Can Deliver Genome Editing Tech
News Feb 19, 2016
The agreement is notable in that it contains an option provision for the exclusive license of the Company’s SMARTICLES platform in a specific gene editing field. This represents the first time that the Company’s SMARTICLES technology has been evaluated in connection with gene editing. Further terms of the Agreement were not disclosed.
“SMARTICLES continues to be the most widely licensed delivery technology in the nucleic acid therapeutics sector,” stated J. Michael French, president and CEO of Marina Biotech. “We are now beginning to see expansion in other therapeutic areas such as gene editing. We hope that the unique properties of SMARTICLES opens novel therapeutic opportunities for patients with unmet needs.”
As genome editing technologies advance toward clinical therapies, they are raising hopes of a completely new way to treat disease. However, challenges need to be addressed before potential treatments can be widely used in patients. To tackle these challenges, the National Institutes of Health has launched the Somatic Cell Genome Editing program, which has awarded multiple grants including more than $3.6 million to assess the safety of genome editing in human cells and tissues.