World’s first CRISPR Clinical trial has just been Approved!

22/06/2016 - 3 minutes

CRISPR has received a regulatory green light in what could be the first clinical trial with the “scientific discovery of the century”. It’ll be used to improve cancer cell therapies.

crispr_logo_grayCRISPR has already revolutionized biotech, quickly overtaking the field of gene editing. It also has immense potential in the therapeutic field, so it’s not surprising there’s a lot of interest, not to mention its famous patent war.

What may be surprising is the amount of money involved, with $120M mega-rounds by Editas Medicine (US), plus $70M for Intellia (US) and €79.5M for CRISPR Therapeutics (Switzerland). That’s a lot of money for something without any clinical data! ( a topic brought up during the CRISPR fireside chat at Refresh…)

This clinical data is now one step closer to reality as the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) approved a study proposal to use CRISPR/Cas9 technology to improve cancer cell therapies. While it still needs FDA approval,

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