Voyager's gene therapy for Parkinson's shows promise in early data from small Phase Ib trial
Voyager Therapeutics $VYGR reported some good news from the front lines of its gene therapy clinical trial in Parkinson’s, showing the company’s drug might one day rescue patients from the inevitable decline associated with their response to levodopa.
Parkinson’s, characterized by low dopamine levels in the brain, progresses over time with the patient experiencing a debilitating loss of motor and non-motor functions – with symptoms like trembling, slowing of movements, and impaired balance. As the disease progresses, these symptoms become more severe, resulting in periods of decreased function in the patient, also called “off” time. Thanks to excessive doses of levodopa aimed at treating the “off” time, some patients experience involuntary movements, or dyskinesia.
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