Wednesday, September 21, 2011
AGTC Receives Grant from the Foundation Fighting Blindness for Pre-Clinical Study of Gene Therapy for Eye Disease

Applied Genetic Technologies Corporation, a privately-held, clinical stage biotechnology company developing novel systems to deliver human therapeutics, announces that it has received a grant of $1.5 million from the Foundation Fighting Blindness to fund a pre-clinical trial evaluating the safety and efficacy of a gene therapy treatment for X-linked Retinoschisis (XLRS), a genetic eye disease affecting over 35,000 patients in the US and Europe. The work is being coordinated by AGTC in collaboration with researchers at Oregon Health & Science University Casey Eye Institute, Dr. David Wilson and The University of Florida, Dr. William Hauswirth. The grant is part of the Foundation Fighting Blindness' effort to fund research projects with strong potential to enter into human clinical trials within three years. ..

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