As gene editing explodes, a new report from Goldman says Chinese groups are seizing the lead on CRISPR and CAR-T studies
Contrary to what you might believe, biopharma companies in the US are not the leaders in clinical trials using gene editing tech. While a slate of US/European pioneers have been lining up their first human trials, investigators in China are already well ahead in testing CRISPR-edited cells in humans, according to a deep dive on gene therapies from Goldman Sachs analyst Salveen Richter.
“As of the end of February 2018,” Richter and her team reported, “there were nine registered clinical studies testing CRISPR-edited cells to treat various cancers and HIV infection in China, vs. only one study in the U.S. All of the studies were initiated / sponsored by top-tier public hospitals across China, and >80 patients were reported as being treated by these investigational genome medicines.”
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