Isis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ISIS) announced that it has initiated a study for ISIS-DMPKRx in patients with Myotonic Dystrophy Type 1 (DM1). DM1 is a rare genetic neuromuscular disease caused by the production of toxic dystrophia myotonica-protein kinase (DMPK) RNA in cells. ISIS-DMPKRx is specifically designed to reduce toxic DMPK RNA.
"The Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation is pleased that Isis is advancing to the next phase of clinical trials for ISIS-DMPKRx," said Molly White, executive director of the Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation. "Myotonic Dystrophy, the most common form of muscular dystrophy, is a devastating disease with no therapeutic option. Myotonic dystrophy research has accelerated significantly in the last 10 years, helping bring about the innovative science behind ISIS-DMPKRx, a drug that specifically targets the genetic defect that causes myotonic dystrophy type 1. We applaud Isis for investing in and leading drug development efforts for myotonic dystrophy type 1, and we appreciate the commitment Isis Pharmaceuticals has made to improve the lives of patients in our community."
"We have an innovative and productive partnership with Biogen Idec in developing drugs to treat severe and rare diseases, like DM1. In just under two and a half years, we have been able to discover and complete early development on ISIS-DMPKRx, which includes completing a Phase 1 single ascending-dose study in healthy volunteers. Today we advance this program into patients," said B. Lynne Parshall, chief operating officer at Isis. "The speed at which we have advanced ISIS-DMPKRx highlights the productive and collaborative nature of our partnership."