Marisa Wexler, MS, senior science writer —

Marisa holds a Master of Science in cellular and molecular pathology from the University of Pittsburgh, where she studied novel genetic drivers of ovarian cancer. Her areas of expertise include cancer biology, immunology, and genetics, and she has worked as a science writing and communications intern for the Genetics Society of America.

Articles by Marisa Wexler

Substrate Reduction Therapy ABX1100 Named FDA Orphan Drug

ABX1100, an experimental substrate reduction therapy that Aro Biotherapeutics is developing for Pompe disease, has been granted an orphan drug designation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA gives this designation to investigational treatments designed to improve care for rare diseases affecting fewer than…

Europe OKs Nexviadyme for Infantile- and Late-onset Disease

The European Commission has approved the next-generation enzyme replacement therapy Nexviadyme (avalglucosidase alfa) to treat both late-onset and infantile-onset Pompe disease. This is the first time a new treatment for Pompe has been approved in Europe since 2006, according to Nexviadyme’s developer Sanofi Genzyme. “For more than…

Europe Awaits Proposed New Framework for Sharing Health Data

The European Commission is expected to propose a new governing framework for health data next month, called the European Health Data Space (EHDS), with the aim of connecting national health systems to facilitate secure and efficient transfer of data across systems in different European nations. The move is expected to…

Muscle Function Improves With Resistance Exercise Program: Study

A program of supervised resistance exercise can improve muscle function — including in muscles needed to breathe — for adults with late onset Pompe disease (LOPD), a small study suggests. “Our findings encourage use of supervised exercise and inspiratory muscle training for improving physical function and health to improve…

#MDA2022 – Gene Therapy ACT-101 Boosts GAA Levels in Early Trial

The investigational gene therapy ACT-101 overall was well-tolerated among three people with late-onset Pompe disease (LOPD) who were treated in a Phase 1/2 clinical trial. Moreover, the trial results also showed that treatment markedly increased levels of the GAA enzyme — deficient in Pompe disease — in the patients’ muscle…

Experimental Gene Therapy AT845 Shows Promise in Animal Study

An investigational gene therapy called AT845 could effectively increase the activity of an enzyme that’s deficient in mouse and nonhuman primate models of Pompe disease, according to a study. The research also highlights potential complications that can occur when gene therapies designed for use in humans are tested in…