Targeting Huntington’s Disease with Antisense

July 10, 2020


Ionis Pharmaceuticals has been a pioneer of antisense therapies, which target RNA to either disrupt production of a disease-causing protein or upregulate needed proteins in people who are deficient. The company is in late stage development of a promising therapy to treat Huntington’s disease, a rare and fatal neurodegenerative condition. But the company is also working on advancing a new generation of antisense therapies to improve the safety and efficacy of these treatments. We spoke to Eric Swayze, executive vice president of research for Ionis, about its experimental Huntington’s disease therapy, its efforts to treat the condition, and what the next generation of antisense therapies will look like. 

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