What are your views on Gene Therapy?

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We used to think that our fate was in our stars, but now we know that, in large measure, our fate is in our genes, “quotes James Watson.

This fate that Watson is talking about is contained in our genes, and deals with a new technique, GENE THERAPY.

gdfgGene therapy is an innovative way to fix genetic problem from the source. By adding a corrected copy of a defective gene, gene therapy promises to help diseased tissues and organs work properly. This approach is different from traditional drug-based approaches, which may treat symptoms but not the underlying genetic problems.

The treatment sounds magical, but the complexity of designing and delivering arises. The safety issues slowed the progress, following events like death of Jess Gelsinger, who died in 1999 just weeks after receiving an experimental gene therapy in a clinical trial being conducted by the University of Pennsylvania.

Although gene therapy is a promising treatment option for a number of diseases, the technique remains risky and is still under study to make sure that it will be safe and effective.

Also some genetic disorders are rare in nature affecting 1 in million. For such patients, Gene therapy can be a miracle but high cost of developing a treatment can make it unappealing for the pharmaceutical companies. With a limited number of patients to recover those expenses from, developers may never earn money from treating such rare genetic disorders. And some patients may never be able to afford them.

The first milestone in gene therapy, Gendicine, developed by Shenzhen SiBiono GeneTech was approved in China in 2003 for the treatment of head and neck cancers and the biggest watershed moment was Glybera, a gene therapy for lipoprotein lipase deficiency, launched in Germany at a price of more than 1 million euros ($1.1 million).

Meanwhile, companies like bluebird bio and Spark Therapeutics generated impressive clinical data with programmes of their own.

The success has generated renewed interest from both private and public equity investors as well as pharmaceutical companies, such as Bayer and Sanofi, which have willingly provided much-needed resources to companies working in the field in the form of financing and partnerships, helping to drive what could turn out to be a virtuous circle of success.

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By Rashi Aggarwal, Associate Analyst, DelveInsight

Please give your views on Gene Therapy and lets discuss about its potential in the market.

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One thought on “What are your views on Gene Therapy?

    voorgangermenno said:
    April 1, 2015 at 9:29 am

    I expect that one of the ways for gene therapy will be through cell therapy: harvest stem/progenitor cells from patient/donor, add a gene or silencing construct and transfer cells into patient.

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