To develop small molecules which can target RNA mis-splicing in neurological diseases, Celgene is launching a $60 million collaboration with Skyhawk Therapeutics. Celgene received the option to develop up to five drug molecules for correcting neurological diseases such as Huntington’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis etc. The $60 million payment includes milestones, license fees and royalties.
Gene expression in specific cells and in specific regions can provide a more precise, neuroprotective approach than traditional treatments for neurological diseases. For multiple sclerosis, specifically, increasing cholesterol synthesis gene expression in astrocytes of the spinal cord can be a pathway to repair nerves that affect walking.
Keele University researchers have designed a new dye that can be used to observe the electrical activity of neurons in the brain and could lead to finding a new and more efficient way of treating neurological diseases, as presented at the Society for Neuroscience annual conference in Washington, D.C. this week.
Siemens Healthineers has received CE-Mark for its ultra-high-field 7T magnetic resonance (MR) scanner Magnetom Terra, making it available for neurological and musculoskeletal clinical examinations in Europe.
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