Sangamo Therapeutics is involved in the quickly growing field of genome editing, but with a twist. The biotech is currently recruiting patients for three rare disease clinical trials which will mark the first time a company performs genome editing in vivo. In a nutshell, the treatments will replace a patient’s defective or missing gene with a therapeutic gene that will be permanently stitched into the liver cells of the patient.
Clinical News Roundup for the week of October 9, 2017 with information on China accepting foreign clinical trial data, Janssen launching iSTEP technology toolset for trials, FDA’s first Patient Engagement Advisory Committee Meeting, and CTTI issuing recommendations on investigator recruitment and retention.
Today, patients and pharma professionals looking for information on clinical trials generally visit ClinicalTrials.gov. On the site, users can search by condition/disease, country, and other keywords. Patients can find studies in which to participate, and researchers are able to find information on more than 250,000 studies being conducted in the U.S. and 200 other countries. But is it time for a new database that better meets the needs of pharma executives and researchers?
FDA recently released a snapshot report showing the diversity of clinical trial participants in studies conducted in 2015 and 2016. Out of over 31,000 patients who participated in clinical trials for novel products in 2016, 48% of the study participants were women, which was an increase from 40% in 2015. An increase in clinical trial participation of African Americans was also observed from 2015 to 2016 (i.e., 5% in 2015 vs. 7% in 2016). However, Asian subject participation in clinical studies decreased 1% between 2015 and 2016 (from 12% to 11%, respectively). Overall, the trend towards increasing the diversity of clinical trial participants is encouraging, but a continued effort is needed to keep moving in the right direction.
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An innovative biotechnology company exploring novel therapeutics for neuroscience indications had developed a promising new chemical entity for the treatment of a severe pediatric genetic disease.