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The Cure Tay-Sachs Foundation is dedicated to funding the on-going research needed to find treatments and a cure for Tay-Sachs Disease.
Once the cure for Tay-Sachs has been found - and we will find it! - we will dedicate our efforts to promoting carrier-testing and Tay-Sachs awareness initiatives.
To begin the journey into Tay-Sachs Awareness, click here.
Here's a message from Axovant Sciences in NY:
Dear Tay-Sachs and Sandhoff patient communities,
At Axovant, our mission is simple: to develop innovative gene therapies that have the potential to transform the lives of patients. We are writing to provide an update on AXO-AAV-GM2, our investigational gene therapy program for GM2 gangliosidosis.
Over the past year, we have worked tirelessly in partnership with our collaborators to lay the foundation for the start of the first-ever clinical trial for infantile and juvenile Tay-Sachs and Sandhoff disease. In October 2019, our partners at the University of Massachusetts Medical School presented positive data on AXO-AAV-GM2 which demonstrated evidence of potential clinical stabilization in children with GM2 gangliosidosis in an expanded access trial. AXO-AAV-GM2 was observed to be well-tolerated in two expanded access patients with no serious adverse events or clinically relevant laboratory abnormalities related to therapy. Following these encouraging results, at the end of 2019, Axovant submitted an Investigational New Drug Application (IND), to allow for initiation of a company-sponsored clinical trial in patients with GM2 gangliosidosis.
The IND application must include comprehensive information in three broad areas:
The standard timing for FDA review of an IND is 30 days. If there are no additional questions or objections, the trial sponsor is free to start the trial. In this instance, the FDA had additional questions after the 30- day mark on aspects related to manufacturing and the delivery device. Given these questions and subsequent responses go beyond 30 days, the FDA must refer to the extension as a "clinical hold". Pending clearance by FDA, Axovant expects to initiate the AXO-AAV-GM2 trial in 2020.
We want to thank you for your dedicated support over the last year, and we are committed to providing timely, clear, and transparent communications so you can make informed decisions and stay abreast of current developments. We know that you are counting on us to accelerate the development of investigational therapies as quickly as possible. There is no greater priority for the employees at Axovant Gene Therapies, and we will continue to work with urgency to initiate the clinical trial.
Gavin Corcoran, MD
Chief R&D Officer
Parag V. Meswani, PharmD
SVP, Commercial Strategy & Operations
With the holidays right around the corner, we wanted to take a moment to thank our many donors and friends who helped to make 2019 a great year for the CTSF. It was a great year because we edged ever closer to real treatments for kids and adults with Tay-Sachs and Sandhoff. While true open clinical trials are never fast enough for anyone, we did see both Axovant and IntraBio make significant progress during the year. We also continue to fund promising research elsewhere. And while this is all good news, the bad news is that we lost far too many innocent young lives during the year. We will love them into eternity, and their inspiration will be with us forever.
The year saw fun fundraising ideas, lots of creativity and simple hard work by countless supporters and friends of the CTSF. As of this writing, we are just $29K shy of being a $5 million dollar Foundation! Who would have guessed what a bunch of angry parents could have achieved?!!!
So, we stay the course of funding novel therapies in search of The Cure as we enter 2020. On behalf of myself and the entire Board of Directors, we thank you for following our work and our mission, and we send blessings to you and your loved ones during the Holiday Season and always.
You can always write to me at email@example.com with any questions or ideas!
- Rick and the CTSF Board
Since our creation in June 2007, the CTSF has raised $4,995,464 from thousands of kind and generous donors. We have issued research grants to 9 researchers/laboratories around the world, and made impressive progress towards our ultimate goal... The Cure!
Tay-Sachs disease is caused by the absence or insufficient level of a vital enzyme called Hexosaminidase A (Hex-A). Without Hex-A, a fatty substance or lipid called GM2 ganglioside accumulates abnormally in cells, especially in the nerve cells of the brain. This ongoing accumulation, also called substrate, causes progressive damage to the cells. In Classic Infantile the destructive process begins in the fetus early in pregnancy, although the disease is not clinically apparent (symptoms do not start) until the child is several months old. By the time a child with Tay-Sachs disease is three or four-years old, the nervous system is so badly affected that life itself cannot be supported. Even with the best of care, all children with classic Tay-Sachs disease die early in childhood, usually by the age of 5, although some do live longer.
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Cure Tay-Sachs Foundation (CTSF) and NTSAD have collaborated with TREND Community to collect information from families and individuals about their experiences using Tanganil, available without a prescription from Europe and indicated for the treatment of positional vertigo (dizziness). It has not been proven to be effective or approved for use to treat symptoms of GM1 and/or GM2 Tay-Sachs and Sandhoff.
Click the link below to download the TREND Community PDF to read more about this initiative, how it can help and how you can sign up to be a part of this unique way to participate in research.
Here is the link. The instructions to sign up are right at the bottom.
Rick Karl, CTSF
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