Deal Watch: Vertex Selects First Candidate Under CRISPR Gene-Editing Collaboration
Vertex hopes to develop CTX001 as a treatment for sickle cell disease and beta thalassemia. Allergan adds stalled uterine fibroid candidate in buyout of troubled Repros, Juno licenses multiple myeloma candidate from Lilly.
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Vertex and partner CRISPR Therapeutics hope CDX001 can offer a single-use curative regimen for sickle cell disease and beta thalassemia patients. A regulatory filing is possible within 18-24 months.
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CRISPR Therapeutics and Vertex initiated the first human study of CRISPR gene-editing technology with an industry sponsor, following an investigator-sponsored study initiated in China two years ago. These are not the first gene-editing trials, but they're important milestones for the CRISPR field.