Redefining RNA-targeting Therapeutic Discovery
"We envision a world where scientific minds collaborate and share their collective ideas to address the unmet needs of all patients."
Oligonucleotide therapeutics has seen a rapid growth following several recent clinical successes. As of 2021, 13 oligonucleotide therapies including nine antisense oligonucleotides (ASOs) and four small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) have been approved by the FDA for commercial use for a variety of diseases. Many more are currently in clinical trials .
ASO therapeutics are short DNA-like molecules that bind to cellular RNA targets and modify their expression by either knocking them down, increasing expression or by modulating RNA splicing. For example, one highly efficacious and safe splicing drug called Spinraza was approved by the FDA in 2016 to treat spinal muscular atrophy (SMA).
These advances in ASO technology, next generation sequencing and new tools for statistical computing have allowed La Jolla Labs to develop our discovery platform for neuro-indications. With this, we can design and screen for highly specific and personalized therapies that also have broad applications.
La Jolla Labs is paving the way for sustainable therapeutic development for rare diseases by linking to larger indications such as cancer.
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