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Catalyst Biosciences recently announced updated positive interim data from a phase 2/3, multinational clinical study of marzeptacog alfa (MarzAA), a subcutaneously administered factor VIIa therapy. MarzAA is being developed by Catalyst for the prophylactic treatment of individuals with hemophilia A or B with inhibitors.

NHF 70th: Pursuing discovery of the next generation of therapies

An interview with one of the recipients of NHF's Innovative Investigator Awards

NHF 70th: Pursuing discovery of the next generation of therapies

An interview with one of the recipients of NHF's Innovative Investigator Awards

Sangamo Therapeutics, Inc. recently announced positive preliminary data from the Phase 1/2 clinical trial designed to evaluate SB-525, the company’s gene therapy program for people with hemophilia A, or factor VIII (FVIII) deficiency. SB-525 is being developed as part of a global collaboration between Sangamo and Pfizer for the development and commercialization of hemophilia A gene therapy programs.

Spark Reports Progress on Hemophilia A Gene Therapy Candidate

The therapy is administered via a one-time intravenous infusion, which is designed to elicit the production of therapeutic levels of factor VIII.

Spark Therapeutics recently reported preliminary phase 1/2 data for SPK-8011, the company’s investigational gene therapy candidate for hemophilia A. The therapy is administered via a one-time intravenous infusion, which is designed to elicit the production of therapeutic levels of factor VIII (FVIII), a protein that is normally deficient in individuals with hemophilia A. Spark Therapeutics’ proprietary bioengineered adeno-associated viruses (AAVs) act as delivery vehicles, or vectors, to carry the genetic codes that prompt the FVIII production.

Court Rules on Shire/Roche Preliminary Injunction

The preliminary injunction was part of an ongoing patent lawsuit.

Medscape has launched a new educational activity in their “Clinical Advances in Gene Therapy for Hemophilia” series, which is presented through a collaboration between Medscape, the National Hemophilia Foundation, the European Haemophilia Consortium and the World Federation of Hemophilia. The program is supported by an independent educational grant from BioMarin.

“The Science of Gene Therapy for Hemophilia,” will examine the technology behind the emerging approaches to gene therapy in hemophilia.

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

Shire is discontinuing the manufacture and distribution of BEBULIN®, the company’s factor IX human plasma-derived prothrombin complex concentrate product. BEBULIN® is indicated for the prevention and control of bleeding episodes in adult patients with hemophilia B. The National Hemophilia Foundation has been notified by Shire that this decision was based on the reduced demand and is not connected with any new safety or efficacy findings in relation to the therapy.

Healthcare providers interested in broadening their knowledge of the science and clinical management of inhibitors are enthusiastically invited to participate in NHF’s webinar on “Current Research and Future Approaches to Eradicating Inhibitors in Hemophilia.” This CME and CNE-accredited activity reviews the basic science behind the development of inhibitor antibodies to treatment for hemophilia, the associated management complications and current barriers to research.

A new patient financial assistance program has become available for individuals with hemophilia. The Assistance Fund (AF) is a charitable foundation that was created to provide eligible patients with chronic diseases help with paying medication copayments, coinsurance, deductibles, insurance premiums and incidental medical expenses.

As “the dog days” of August approach, Autumn may still seem a long way off. Though with a quick glance of the calendar, we see that colleges begin their class terms earlier and earlier and Fall semester is right around the corner! Whether going away or staying closer to home, being a first-year college student can be a time fraught with great excitement, anticipation and perhaps some trepidation about this next big step. HANDI, NHF’s information resource center, would like to highlight several resources aimed at helping new college students in this transition.

NHF Comments on Trump Administration Drug Pricing Blueprint

NHF submitted a letter on the "American Patients First" drug pricing blueprint.

HTRS

The HTRS MRA provides financial support for qualified fellows or junior attending/junior faculty pursuing clinical, translational, or basic science research in hemostasis and/or thrombosis under the guidance of an experienced mentor.

Study Shows Impact of Missing HTC Clinic Visits

New study from Emory University School of Medicine focused on causes and ramifications of missing clinic visits in patients with bleeding disorders.

The rate of attendance to scheduled clinic visits have been linked to health outcomes in several chronic disease groups such as diabetes, hypertension, HIV and congenital heart disease. Higher clinic attendance rates are generally associated with better outcomes in these patients. However, the potential effects of non-attendance (NA) for individuals with bleeding disorders is not well understood.

Spark Therapeutics and Pfizer have announced that the latter company has initiated a Phase 3 open-label, multi-center study to evaluate the efficacy and safety of current factor IX prophylaxis replacement therapy in the usual care setting.

Advanced Considerations for the Recognition, Appropriate Diagnosis, and Timely Management of von Willebrand Disease and Other Bleeding Disorders among Women in Non-Hematology Health Care Settings

Take part in a survey to shape VWD Guidelines. We want to hear from people with VWD, people who care for those with VWD, or clinicians and other healthcare professionals who treat people with VWD.

A recent article appearing in the journal Haemophilia, includes updates on the My Life Our Future (MLOF) project, which was established in 2012 to offer U.S. hemophilia patients ready access to free genotyping, a type of genetic testing that is often hard to access, expensive and not covered by insurance. MLOF is a partnership between the American Thrombosis and Hemostasis Network (ATHN), the National Hemophilia Foundation (NHF), Bloodworks Northwest and Bioverativ (formerly Biogen).

Medscape has launched the latest educational activity in their “Clinical Advances in Gene Therapy for Hemophilia” series, which is presented through a collaboration between Medscape, the National Hemophilia Foundation, the European Haemophilia Consortium and the World Federation of Hemophilia. The program is supported by an independent educational grant from BioMarin.

The goal of this effort is to create and maintain state-of-the-art guidelines on the diagnosis and management of VWD.

Catalyst Biosciences, Inc. recently released an update relevant to an ongoing Phase 1/2 clinical trial for CB 2679d/ISU304, the company’s investigational therapy for the treatment of patients with severe hemophilia B/factor IX (FIX) deficiency. Catalyst develops its therapies using engineered proteases, enzymes that increase the rate of chemical reactions within cells. These proteases can target the proteins associated with certain underlying diseases and conditions, such as FIX.

Because of their lower factor levels, hemophilia patients are generally thought to be better protected from cardiovascular disease (CVD). To determine whether data would support this long-held assumption, a team of investigators enrolled patients from 19 U.S. hemophilia treatment center (HTCs) in the “CVD in Hemophilia” study. The lead author of the study was Barbara Konkle, MD, Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, WA.

HTC Studies Cardiovascular Disease in Hemophilia Patients

Investigators looked into whether having hemophilia protected patients against cardiovascular disease.

Update on Latest ACA Lawsuit

More information on how the current ACA lawsuit could affect the bleeding disorders community.