Annogen and Orchard Therapeutics Partner for Innovative Gene Therapy Research

06 June 2024 | Thursday | News

Collaboration to Leverage Annogen’s SuRE™ Technology for Advancing Pre-Clinical Hematopoietic Stem Cell Gene Therapy Programs
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 Annogen, a company with expertise in bespoke promoter design and gene expression engineering, announced a research collaboration with Orchard Therapeutics, a global gene therapy leader, for the identification of immune cell-specific human promoters for use in certain pre-clinical hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) gene therapy programs.

Using its proprietary Survey of Regulatory Elements (SuRE™) technology, Annogen exhaustively interrogates the entire human regulatory genome in vitro and in vivo to identify DNA elements that are active in different cell types and conditions. Subsequently, combinations of promoters and enhancers are screened to identify the best hybrid promoter to drive gene expression in a cell- or disease-specific manner. The SuRE™ technology is unique among other promoter identification technologies in that it does not deliver (AI-based) predictions that need to be verified by the customer but instead, the SuRE™ technology delivers the power of millions of wet-lab measurements in relevant cells and in vivo models, providing validated elements that support more effective and safer therapies.

“Building on the safe and effective human promoters we have for our existing programs, we are excited to further establish a leadership position in the field by supporting research for additional CNS-focused cellular targets,” said Frank Thomas, president and chief operating officer of Orchard Therapeutics. “This work is critical as we apply our clinically-validated HSC gene therapy platform to more prevalent diseases. We look forward to utilizing Annogen’s SuRE technology to potentially advance certain pre-clinical programs.”

“Annogen has gained substantial experience identifying and developing promoters for in vivo gene therapy,” Joris van Arensbergen CEO of Annogen adds. “We are very pleased to work with a company in this field that has managed to bring autologous cell therapy through to commercialization in the U.S. and Europe. We are proud to be part of their program and to contribute to the safety and efficacy of certain pre-clinical therapies.”

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