DURHAM, N.C., April 28, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Precision BioSciences, Inc. (DTIL), a life sciences company dedicated to improving life through the application of its pioneering, proprietary ARCUS® gene editing platform, today announced that the Company and its collaborators will present at the upcoming American Society of Genetic & Cell Therapy (ASGCT) Annual Meeting held virtually May 12-15, 2020.
“The abstracts being presented by Precision and our collaborators this year at ASGCT underscore the differentiated capabilities of our proprietary ARCUS genome editing platform and the breadth of our emerging pipeline applying this technology in vivo,” commented Derek Jantz, Chief Scientific Officer and co-founder of Precision BioSciences. “These presentations demonstrate the specificity and versatility of ARCUS-driven genome editing in a variety of large animal models and provide further preclinical evidence of potentially meaningful and durable therapeutic impact on a range of genetic and infectious diseases. As we continue to validate ARCUS’ potential in vivo, we are focused on advancing our gene correction pipeline. We look forward to selecting a clinical candidate for our wholly owned PH1 program, expected in 2020, and, in partnership with Gilead, developing a potential cure for chronic hepatitis B infection, for which submission of an IND is currently targeted for 2021.”
Precision BioSciences Presentations:
Title: Engineering a Self-Inactivating Adeno-Associated Virus (AAV) Vector for ARCUS Nuclease Delivery
Poster Session: Gene Targeting and Gene Correction, Abstract: 654
Presenting Author: Hui Li, Ph.D., Precision BioSciences
Title: A Gene Editing Approach to Eliminate Hepatitis B Virus Using ARCUS Meganucleases
Poster Session: Gene Targeting and Gene Correction, Abstract 1057
Presenting Author: Cassie Gorsuch, Ph.D., Precision BioSciences
Title: Therapeutic Efficacy of ARCUS Meganuclease Gene Editing - Arrest of Rod Degeneration and Restoration of Rod Function in a Transgenic Pig Model of Autosomal Dominant Retinitis Pigmentosa
Oral Presentation: Gene Therapy for the Special Senses, Abstract 2
Date/Time: Tuesday, May 12, 2020, 10:30 – 10:45 a.m. EST
Presenting Author: Maureen Ann McCall, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, University of Louisville
Title: Evaluation of the Long-term Effects of AAV-Meganuclease Genome Editing of PCSK9 in Macaque Liver
Oral Presentation: Evaluating Genome Editing Activity and Precision, Abstract 518
Date/Time: Wednesday, May 13, 2020, 4:00 – 4:15 p.m. EST
Presenting Author: Lili Wang, Ph.D., Research Director, Discovery Research and Gene Editing, Research Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
All abstracts for the ASGCT 2020 Meeting are available online at ASGCT Annual Meeting Abstracts.
About Precision BioSciences, Inc.
Precision BioSciences is dedicated to improving life (DTIL) through its proprietary genome editing platform, “ARCUS.” Precision leverages ARCUS in the development of its product candidates, which are designed to treat human diseases and create healthy and sustainable food and agriculture solutions. Precision is actively developing product candidates in three innovative areas: allogeneic CAR T immunotherapy, in vivo gene correction, and food. For more information regarding Precision, please visit www.precisionbiosciences.com.
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