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CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Aug. 16, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Editas Medicine, Inc. (NASDAQ: EDIT), a leading genome editing company, announced today the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee (RAC) completed the NIH protocol registration process for EDIT-101. The NIH determined a public meeting is not necessary, and the RAC will not be convened to review this clinical trial.
EDIT-101 is Editas Medicine’s experimental CRISPR genome editing medicine for the treatment of Leber Congenital Amaurosis type 10 (LCA10). Editas Medicine plans to file an Investigational New Drug (IND) application with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in October.
Earlier this month, Editas Medicine and Allergan Pharmaceuticals International Limited (Allergan), announced that Allergan exercised its option to develop and commercialize EDIT-101 globally for the treatment of LCA10. Additionally, the two companies announced that Editas Medicine has exercised its option to co-develop and share equally in the profits and losses from EDIT-101 in the United States.
As a leading genome editing company, Editas Medicine is focused on translating the power and potential of the CRISPR/Cas9 and CRISPR/Cpf1 genome editing systems into a robust pipeline of treatments for people living with serious diseases around the world. Editas Medicine aims to discover, develop, manufacture, and commercialize transformative, durable, precision genomic medicines for a broad class of diseases. For the latest information and scientific presentations, please visit www.editasmedicine.com.
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