"These exciting results demonstrate that delivery of normal copies of genes into photoreceptor cells can correct vision defects in RP," said Mark Cooper, M.D., Senior Vice President of Science and Medical Affairs. "In addition to the promise of providing corrective therapy for genetic diseases such as retinitis pigmentosa, nucleic acid nanoparticles may also offer the potential to provide effective treatments for more complex disorders such as diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, and various diseases that injure ganglion cells and the optic nerve."
"We are pleased by the promise of these results and look forward to moving these studies forward to a potential human clinical trial," said Dr. Naash.
"Gene therapy holds great potential for treating and possibly curing a variety of vision-robbing retinal degenerative diseases," says Stephen Rose, Ph.D., Chief Research Officer, Foundation Fighting Blindness. "Dr. Naash and Copernicus are demonstrating that nanoparticles show excellent potential for safely and effectively delivering therapeutic genes to the retina." Dr. Naash's work was funded in part by the Foundation Fighting Blindness.
About Copernicus, the University of Oklahoma and the Foundation Fighting Blindness
Copernicus Therapeutics, Inc., a privately held biotechnology
company, is dedicated to deli