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Hundreds of millions of people are affected by over 6000 rare diseases. Most of these diseases are genetic in origin. Gene-based medicines can address these diseases at their molecular cause rather than treating symptoms. Precision NanoSystems is uniquely suited to offer a suite of solutions to help drug developers accelerate their genetic medicine programs through advanced technology and expertise in formulating and manufacturing genetic medicines.

 

Our NanoAssemblr technology has been featured in over 100 peer reviewed publications, many of which demonstrate exciting proof of concepts for gene therapies that include:

 

  • RNA interference (RNAi) to silence disease causing genes
  • Messenger RNA therapy for protein or enzyme replacement
  • CRISPR Cas9 and other gene editing approaches to more permanently correct genes

 

Numerous pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies have adopted PNI solutions for accelerating their gene and cell therapy programs. 


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NanoAssemblr Technology is used by innovative research institutes, top pharmaceutical companies and disruptive biotech companies to develop gene-based therapies for rare genetic diseases and other diseases with unmet medical need.





Treating Loss-of-Function Mutations with Messenger RNA

 

 

Methylmalonic Acidemia is a rare metabolic disease caused by a genetic mutation affecting an enzyme essential for digesting certain amino acids. The loss of enzyme function leads to brain disease and developmental delays. Moderna Therapeutics, an mRNA therapeutics company have published a proof of concept for restoring enzyme function. Their approach involved encoding the enzyme in an mRNA, encapsulating it into an LNP using NanoAssemblr technology and delivering the formulation systemically. Functional proteins are then produced in the liver, thus restoring metabolic function while demonstrating impressive safety.

 

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CRISPR/Cas9 Genome Editing for Lasting Treatment of Amyloid Disease

 

Hereditary transthyretin amyloidosis is a rare disease where a mutation in the protein transthyretin (TTR)causes it to misfold into amyloid plaques that present a wide range of symptoms, mostly neurological. Intellia Therapeutics, a biotech focused on gene editing treatments, reported a single treatment with CRISPR components resulted in over 97% knockdown of TTR that lasted at least 12 months. They used NanoAssemblr technology to simultaneously package both mRNA encoding the Cas9 endonuclease and sgRNAs targeting TTR into lipid nanoparticles (LNPs). These advances offer a promising glimpse into the lasting power of gene editing approaches for treating inherited diseases.

 

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Genetic medicines allow treatment of genetic diseases at their molecular root cause, and lipid nanoparticles are at the forefront of delivering gene therapies.

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Publication - Summary

June 19, 2016

Neuromethods

Protocol for High-Content Screening for the Impact of Overexpressed MicroRNAs on Primary Motor Neurons

Yardeni, Tal and Hornstein, Eran

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Publication - Summary

June 19, 2012

The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, Nanomaterials and Interfaces

Lipid Nanoparticles Containing siRNA Synthesized by Microfluidic Mixing Exhibit an Electron-Dense Nanostructured Core

Leung AKK, Hafez IM, Baoukina S, Belliveau NM, Zhigaltsev IV, Afshinmanesh E, Tieleman DP, Hansen CL, Hope MJ, Cullis PR

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Nanocarriers Tryst with the Lysosomes: Implications in Intracellular Drug Delivery and Disease

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Publication - Summary

January 19, 2016

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Modular Degradable Dendrimers Enable Small RNAs to Extend Survival in an Aggressive Liver Cancer Model

Zhou K, Nguyen LH, Miller JB, Yan Y, Kos P, Xiong H, Li L, Hao J, Minnig JT, Zhu H, Siegwart DJ

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Publication - Abstract

December 28, 2014

Journal of Controlled Release

Development of Lipid Nanoparticle Formulations of siRNA for Hepatocyte Gene Silencing Following Subcutaneous Administration

Chen S, Tam YY, Lin PJ, Leung AK, Tam YK, Cullis PR

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Publication - Abstract

June 03, 2017

Molecular Pharmaceutics

Formulation of Non-Ionic Surfactant Vesicles (NISV) Prepared by Microfluidics for Therapeutic Delivery of siRNA into Cancer Cells

Obeid MA, Elburi A, Young LC, Mullen AB, Tate RJ, Ferro VA

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