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AMD Gene Therapy Prospects Swept Downhill With Avalanche

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Avalanche Biotechnologies was true to its name on Aug. 14, opening down 16% on the previous day's close at $11.64 and continuing to slide to as low as $9.36 by mid-afternoon trading. As the company revealed that it would not be progressing into Phase IIb with its lead candidate, any lingering hopes of a gene therapy for wet age-related macular degeneration reaching the market any time soon were soundly dashed.

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