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Newsletter December 2009

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News: Oxford BioMedica Receives Orphan Designation for Gene Therapy Treatment for Stargardt Disease
Gene therapy developers, Oxford BioMedica (LSE: OXB) announced its StarGen therapy has received orphan treatment designation from the European Medicines Agency (EMEA). As a result the treatment will have ten years of marketing exclusivity and reduced regulatory fees. StarGen’s clinical development is expected to start in 2010, in collaboration with Sanofi-Aventis (NYSE: SNY). Stargardt Disease is a rare disease that causes cells on the macula area of the retina to stop working, which leads to problems with central vision. At first it makes vision unclear, distorted or blurred. After a longer period, Stargardt's can cause a ‘blank patch’ in the centre vision. There are currently no treatments available for Stargardt disease.
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Gene Therapy Poll: What will be the future of gene therapy?
Gene Therapy Net started this poll to find out the general feeling about gene therapy. Most voters think that gene therapy will be a vital part of future health care, while others are more sceptic. Those visitors of Gene Therapy Net think that it will work only for 'simple' inherited disease like X-SCID or that more time needed to evaluate potential. What do you think?
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Conferences
- 25 - 27 January 2010, Phacilitate Cell & Gene Therapy Forum 2010, Washington DC, MD
- 1 February 2010, Lentiviruses Gene Therapy Workshop: A Joint Israeli/UK Academic Meeting, Jerusalem, Israel
- 2 - 4 March 2010, DNA Vaccines 2010, New Orleans, LA
- 11 - 12 March 2010, Dutch Society of Gene Therapy (NVGT) Spring Meeting, The Netherlands
- 19 - 21 March 2010, British Society of Gene Therapy (BSGT) 7th Annual Conference, Royal Holloway University London, UK
- 22 - 24 April 2010, 6th International Meeting on Gene Therapy of Arthritis and Related Disorders, London, UK
- 5 May 2010, 7th Annual Conference of the Israeli Society of Gene & Cell Therapy (ISGCT), Tel Aviv, Israel
- 17 – 18 May 2010, ASGCT Clinical Trials Training Course, Washington DC, MD
- 19 – 23 May 2010, American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy (ASGCT) 13th Annual Meeting, Washington DC, MD
- 22 – 26 May 2010, International Society for Cellular Therapy (ISCT) 16th Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA
- 26 - 29 June 2010, 3nd International symposium on Cellular Delivery of Therapeutic Macromolecules, Cardiff, UK
- 1 - 3 July 2010, The 16th Annual Meeting of the Japan Society of Gene Therapy (JSGT), Tochigi-ken Sougou Bunka Center, Utsunomiya-city Tochigi, Japan
- 22 - 25 October 2010, European Society of Gene and Cell Therapy (ESGCT) 18th Annual Congress, Milan, Italy

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