Sigilon Therapeutics Announces Acceptance of Clinical Trial Application in the UK for SIG-005 for the Treatment of Mucopolysaccharidosis Type I
Sep 9, 2021
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Sept. 09, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sigilon Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: SGTX), a biotechnology company that seeks to develop functional cures for chronic diseases through its Shielded Living Therapeutics™ platform, today announced that the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) in the United Kingdom has accepted the Company’s Clinical Trial Application (CTA) for SIG-005 in Mucopolysaccharidosis Type I (MPS-1), a chronic, progressive lysosomal disease.
SIG-005 contains a human cell line genetically modified with a non-viral vector designed to express human a-L-iduronidase (IDUA), an enzyme which is missing or defective in patients with MPS-1. The IDUA enzyme is essential for the breakdown of glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) in the lysosomes of patients with MPS-1, as the progressive accumulation of GAGs results in multi-organ involvement.
“With its impact on many systems throughout the body, MPS-1 presents unique treatment challenges and presently requires regular maintenance therapy that can place a significant burden on patients and their families,” said Rogerio Vivaldi, M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Sigilon. “Our goal with SIG-005 is to develop a non-viral, durable, redosable, and controllable approach that can deliver sustained levels of IDUA to patients with MPS-1. With this approval, we remain on track to initiate our Phase 1/2 study in the UK in the second half of this year.”
The Company has also filed a CTA in Brazil and plans to submit an Investigational New Drug Application with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
About Sigilon Therapeutics
Sigilon Therapeutics seeks to develop functional cures for chronic diseases through its Shielded Living Therapeutics™ platform. Sigilon’s product candidates are non-viral engineered cell-based therapies designed to produce the crucial proteins, enzymes or factors needed by patients living with chronic diseases such as hemophilia, lysosomal diseases and diabetes. The engineered cells are protected by Sigilon’s Afibromer™ biomaterials matrix, which shields them from immune rejection and fibrosis. Sigilon was founded by Flagship Pioneering in conjunction with Daniel Anderson, Ph.D., and Robert Langer, Sc.D., of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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