Funds Boost Genetic Research in Woodridge Lab Seeks to Find Cure for Spinal Muscular Atrophy

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Funds Boost Genetic Research in Woodridge Lab Seeks to Find Cure for Spinal Muscular Atrophy


Byline: Jonathan Wegner Medill News Service

Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy, a Libertyville-based non- profit organization, have entered into an agreement with Decode Genetics Inc.' s pharmaceuticals group to develop potential treatments for the debilitating genetic disease.

"We're very excited about the lead compounds," Lenna Scott, a spokeswoman for FSMA, said of last week's agreement. "We believe that working with Decode, we will be able to find a drug for the successful treatment of SMA and will be able to move on to human testing."

The agreement, worth an estimated $5.2 million, contracts Decode Genetics' Woodridge lab to investigate promising compounds identified in previous FSMA-funded drug discovery work.

Spinal muscular atrophy is a genetic disorder that can inhibit the functioning of the spinal cord and affect control of muscles in the limbs, neck and chest. According to FSMA, in the United States the disorder affects one in 6,000 babies less than 18 months old. …

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