RARECast: New Means of Regulating Genes May Hold Promise for Rare Disease Patients


RaNA Therapeutics is pursuing treatments for rare diseases, such as Spinal Muscular Atrophy and Friedreich’s Ataxia, with a new therapeutic approach that targets a previously unexplored druggable space. We spoke to Ron Renaud, CEO of RaNA, about his company’s effort to selectively upgregulate genes as a way to treat and prevent disease, the challenges in developing such drugs, and why the company has decided to initially target rare diseases with this new technology.

RARECast is a weekly series by Daniel S. Levine. Levine is an award-winning business journalist who has reported on the life sciences, economic development, and business policy issues throughout his 25-year career. He founded Levine Media Group in 2013, which produces The Bio Report and RARECast podcasts. Read his full bio here. 

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