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Jun 22, 2007

AGTC Transfers AAV Vector Production Technology to Genzyme

  • AGTC (Applied Genetic Technologies Corporation) received a $2-million milestone payment from Genzyme as the company successfully transferred its adeno-associated virus (AAV) vector production technology to Genzyme.

    AGTC and Genzyme are jointly developing a gene therapy product for the treatment of neovascular age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Genzyme thus has access to AGTC's vector production expertise along with rights to certain intellectual property for the use of AAV vectors to deliver genes to patients. These rights include access to AGTC's high-yield manufacturing technology for AAV vectors.



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Scientifically Studying Ecstasy

MDMA (commonly known as the empathogen “ecstasy”) is classified as a Schedule 1 drug, which is reserved for compounds with no accepted medical use and a high abuse potential. Two researchers from Stanford, however, call for a rigorous scientific exploration of MDMA's effects to identify precisely how the drug works, the data from which could be used to develop therapeutic compounds.

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