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Arcturus Therapeutics, Inc. Announces an RNAi Therapeutic Targeting Transthyretin-mediated Amyloidosis as its Flagship Program
Date:1/13/2014

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Arcturus Therapeutics, Inc., an industry leader in RNA technologies, today announced its flagship program – an RNAi therapeutic targeting transthyretin (TTR)-mediated amyloidosis.  Preclinical non-human primate data will be presented at the Biotech Showcase being held January 13, 2014 in San Francisco, California.

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Preclinical results from a non-human primate (NHP) study demonstrated > 75% knockdown of serum TTR protein levels after 10 days, with the effect sustained over 3 weeks (0.3 mg/kg, i.v. dosing).

In addition to NHP knockdown data, no adverse events were observed using Arcturus LUNARTM delivery technology, in particular, no injection site reactions occurred. Furthermore, a substantial safety window was demonstrated in a multiple dose rat toxicology study – no adverse events observed at the highest doses (30 mg/kg total; administered three times at 10 mg/kg over 15 days). Serum levels of the alanine aminotransferase (ALT) and aspartate aminotransferase (AST) were determined after intravenous administration and no changes in these liver enzymes were observed.

"We are pleased to announce our flagship program targeting TTR including our successful achievement of non-human primate data with durable biological effect and having an impressive safety profile," said Pad Chivukula, Ph.D., Arcturus' CSO and COO. "With this data in hand, we are laser-focused on selecting a wholly-owned clinical drug candidate in 2014 and entering the clinic soon after."

About Transthyretin (TTR)-Mediated Amyloidosis

Transthyretin (TTR)-mediated amyloidosis is a genetically mediated fatal disease caused by mutations in the TTR gene. Mutated TTR, wh
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