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The Cure Tay-Sachs Foundation is dedicated to funding the on-going research needed to find treatments and a cure for Tay-Sachs Disease.
Once the cure for Tay-Sachs has been found - and we will find it! - we will dedicate our efforts to promoting carrier-testing and Tay-Sachs awareness initiatives.
To begin the journey into Tay-Sachs Awareness, click here.
OXFORD, UK --November 26, 2018-- IntraBio Inc., a late-stage biopharmaceutical company developing novel therapies for rare ("orphan") and common neurodegenerative diseases, announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Orphan Drug Designation (ODD) to its lead compound series (IB1000s) for the treatment of GM2 Gangliosidosis (Tay-Sachs and Sandhoff Disease), rare lysosomal storage disorders that are characterized by progressive neurodegeneration and premature death.
IntraBio was previously granted Orphan Medicinal Drug Designation from the European Commission for IB1000s for the treatment of GM2 Gangliosidosis.
This orphan designation provides a number of FDA regulatory benefits, such as a 25% tax credit for the costs of clinical development, a waiver for all prescription drug user fees at the time of marketing approval (approximately $2.5 Million dollars per indication), and 7 years' exclusivity in the US from the date of marketing authorization.
GM2 Gangliosidosis affects an estimated 1:200,000 -320,000 live births and are caused by mutations in the HEXA gene, which disrupts the activity of the enzyme beta-hexosaminidase A, preventing the enzyme from breaking down GM2 gangliosides. As a result, GM2 gangliosides accumulate to toxic levels, particularly in neurons in the brain and spinal cord, leading to cell death and resulting in the signs and symptoms of Tay-Sachs and Sandhoff disease. There is nothing medically available for the treatment of GM2 Gangliosidosis at this time.
Rick Karl, President of Cure Tay-Sachs Foundation commented, "We are so very grateful that parents will finally have an option to treat children that offers hope, where no hope has ever existed before."
IntraBio, with its collaborators, has evaluated the effect of IB1000s in compassionate use studies in over 175 patients, forming the scientific basis for IB1000s to be further investigated for the treatment of 18 indications, including neurodegenerative diseases and lysosomal storage disorders. Future opportunities to develop the IB1000s series in additional indications include Lewy Body Dementia (LBD), Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS), Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), and Multiple Sclerosis (MS), all of which of have high-unmet medical needs.
IntraBio is currently in the process of applying for multi-national clinical trials with its lead asset (IB1001) for the treatment of GM2 Gangliosidosis (Tay-Sachs and Sandhoff disease), Niemann-Pick disease Type C (NPC), and certain inherited Cerebellar Ataxias (CA).
IntraBio Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company with a late-stage drug pipeline including novel treatments for common and rare neurodegenerative diseases. IntraBio's platform results from decades of research and investment at premier universities and institutions worldwide. IntraBio's clinical programs leverage the expertise in lysosomal function and intracellular calcium signaling of its scientific founders from the University of Oxford and the University of Munich.
IntraBio's management team and consultants have vast commercial experience and a successful track record of drug development in the USA and Europe. Together, IntraBio's team translates innovative scientific research in the fields of lysosomal biology, autophagy, and neurology into novel drugs for a broad spectrum of neurodegenerative and genetic diseases to significantly improve the lives of patients and their families.
IntraBio Inc. is a US corporation with its principal laboratories and offices in Oxford, United Kingdom.
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Today, the University of Massachusetts Medical School announced that it was advancing Tay-Sachs research to a Phase I/II clinical trial tentatively scheduled to begin in March/April 2019. This is an enormous advancement for CTSF supporters and represents the culmination of 11 years work for the principal researchers whom we have supported with over $2.2 million dollars in direct grants.
This work, headed by CTSF friends Miguel Esteves, Doug Martin, and Heather Edwards, has already begun the work of manufacturing the Gene Therapy "Vector", which is being made by Nationwide Children's Hospital in Ohio. The CTSF would like to acknowledge the generosity of the Blu Genes Foundation of Canada in allowing this 5-month production process to begin in the last two weeks. The FDA has provided strong guidance up to this point, and the path toward IND (Indication of New Drug) approval looks solid. This will allow the researchers to quickly move from the drug manufacture to the clinical phase of this work... The treatment of real kids.
Many of you have stuck with the CTSF since it's inception. We are grateful and know that you join with us in anticipation of a great outcome from these trials. And, while we have a head start on the costs of the trial itself, it looks like the total cost of the trial will approach $2 million. We still need to raise a big chunk of that.
Today we celebrate with our researchers, our fellow Foundations, UMASS, and all those that have donated to make trials in 2019 possible. Take a brief minute today to say a quick prayer that this effort works in a way that helps heal our kids, both those living today and those yet to be born. And allow yourself to celebrate a little bit too.
www.curetay-sachs.org - Rick
The work that we did in 2018 brought us to exciting new possibilities for the future. It's hard to say we had a "good" year when we lost kids and more kids were diagnosed. Sometimes it just seems like "new kids just keep coming" every few weeks. But 2018 did bring some hope for both todays kids and future kids who are burdened with this horrible disease. The cause continues and the fight endures for all our kids.
Here are some of the highlights:
So, even though we are dealing with a really crappy disease, we really did have a very good year. We have more hope and more determination than ever to find an end to these diseases. And, for once, the light at the end of the tunnel doesn't feel like the headlamp of an approaching train.
THANK YOU all for your enthusiasm, your support, your donations, and your interest in our kids. On behalf of myself and our entire Board of Directors, we will continue to work hard not to let you down.
- Rick and the CTSF Board
The CTSF would like to acknowledge the second of two very sizable gifts from the estate of Mary Titleman. Ms. Titleman wished these donations to be made in memory of her and her deceased husband's (Daniel Titleman) deceased children, Enid Deborah Titelman and Marcia Barbara Titelman. A special thanks to Greg Doren, Mary's Nephew, who has been managing his Aunt's estate.
God Bless all
Since our creation in June 2007, the CTSF has raised $4,620,905 from thousands of kind and generous donors. We have issued research grants to 9 researchers/laboratories around the world, and made impressive progress towards our ultimate goal... The Cure!
Tay-Sachs disease is caused by the absence or insufficient level of a vital enzyme called Hexosaminidase A (Hex-A). Without Hex-A, a fatty substance or lipid called GM2 ganglioside accumulates abnormally in cells, especially in the nerve cells of the brain. This ongoing accumulation, also called substrate, causes progressive damage to the cells. In Classic Infantile the destructive process begins in the fetus early in pregnancy, although the disease is not clinically apparent (symptoms do not start) until the child is several months old. By the time a child with Tay-Sachs disease is three or four-years old, the nervous system is so badly affected that life itself cannot be supported. Even with the best of care, all children with classic Tay-Sachs disease die early in childhood, usually by the age of 5, although some do live longer.
Many of you have asked how to set up a FB Fundraiser.... here ya go. You can create fundraisers for charitable organizations and personal causes on Facebook for Birthdays, Anniversary's, or any occasion!
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Cure Tay-Sachs Foundation (CTSF) and NTSAD have collaborated with TREND Community to collect information from families and individuals about their experiences using Tanganil, available without a prescription from Europe and indicated for the treatment of positional vertigo (dizziness). It has not been proven to be effective or approved for use to treat symptoms of GM1 and/or GM2 Tay-Sachs and Sandhoff.
Click the link below to download the TREND Community PDF to read more about this initiative, how it can help and how you can sign up to be a part of this unique way to participate in research.
Here is the link. The instructions to sign up are right at the bottom.
Rick Karl, CTSF
"Holy Cow! Over 2000 people "Like" the CTSF Facebook page now, and our this website has been visited 6000 times in the last 12 months. I'm humbled! It's March 5th, and we have already brought in over $100,000 this year for research. With what we have planned for the rest of the year, you ain't seen nuttin yet! Of course, we plan to write checks for over $800,000 this year. Our funding will see the first Gene Therapy treatment this year, and two other clinical trials on affected children! There will be obstacles, but there has never been..... not even close... this much hope. ALL our hope has been from your help. So, if you have a rich crazy Uncle someplace, now is the time to send him our website address. www.curetay-sachs.org. Our work is never too late for our kids and those kids yet to be born. They deserve a full and happy life. That's why we do this"
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Molly Grace was born on September 26, 2003. She was born 2 months early and weighed only 4lbs 0oz. Although she was so small she was very healthy.
Elise Catherine ten Berge was born on February 5, 2003. She was our first child and as all new parents do, we thought about what Elise's future would be like: her first word, her first step, and her first day of school.
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