REGENXBIO Announces Orphan Drug Designation Granted to RGX-202, a New Candidate for Gene Therapy for the Treatment of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy


ROCKVILLE, MD., 22 November 2021 / PRNewswire / –

  • Unique potential gene therapy for the treatment of Duchenne, includes a new optimized microdystrophin transgene and the proprietary NAV of REGENXBIO® AAV8 vector
  • Commercial scale cGMP material for use in clinical development
  • The company is on track to submit an IND by the end of 2021

REGENXBIO Inc. (Nasdaq: RGNX) today announced that the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted orphan drug designation for RGX-202, a unique potential gene therapy for the treatment of muscular dystrophy of Duchenne (Duchenne). RGX-202 is designed to provide a novel optimized microdystrophin transgene with a unique C-terminal domain and muscle-specific promoter to support targeted therapy for improved resistance to muscle damage associated with Duchenne. RGX-202 uses REGENXBIO’s proprietary NAV® AAV8 vector.

“This important designation is an important step in the development of RGX-202 and highlights the need for potential new treatment options for patients with Duchenne,” said Olivier Danos, Ph.D., Scientific Director of REGENXBIO. “The novel microdystrophin transgene in RGX-202 comprises coding regions that retain essential functional elements of natural dystrophin to potentially improve muscle strength and resistance in patients with Duchenne. We look forward to advancing this unique gene therapy in the clinic.

REGENXBIO expects to submit an Investigational New Drug (IND) application to the FDA for RGX-202 by the end of 2021. The cGMP material on a commercial scale has already been produced at a capacity of 1,000 liters per year. using REGENXBIO’s suspension cell culture manufacturing process, and the cGMP facility is expected to produce up to 2,000 liters for clinical development of RGX-202.

The FDA orphan drug designation is granted to investigational therapies that treat rare diseases or medical conditions that affect fewer than 200,000 people in United States. Orphan drug status provides benefits to drug developers, including assistance in the drug development process, tax credits for clinical costs, waivers of certain FDA fees, and seven years of market exclusivity. after approval.

About RGX-202

RGX-202 is designed to provide a novel microdystrophin transgene that retains key elements of the dystrophin protein, including an extended coding region of the C-Terminal (CT) domain found in natural dystrophin, as well as other fundamental improvements in the transgene. The presence of the CT domain has been shown to recruit several key proteins into the muscle cell membrane, leading to improved muscle resistance to contraction-induced muscle damage in dystrophic mice. Additional design features, including codon optimization and reduction of CpG content, have the potential to improve gene expression, increase translational efficiency, and reduce immunogenicity. RGX-202 is designed to support targeted gene delivery and expression in skeletal and cardiac muscle using the NAV AAV8 vector, a vector used in numerous clinical trials, and a well-characterized muscle targeting promoter (Spc5- 12).

About REGENXBIO inc.

REGENXBIO is a leading clinical-stage biotechnology company that seeks to improve lives through the curative potential of gene therapy. NAV of REGENXBIO® Technology Platform, a proprietary adeno-associated virus (AAV) gene delivery platform, includes exclusive rights to over 100 new AAV vectors, including AAV7, AAV8, AAV9 and AAVrh10. REGENXBIO and its third party licensees of the NAV technology platform apply the NAV technology platform to the development of a broad portfolio of candidates in multiple therapeutic areas.

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