ZolgensmaTM / AVXS-101
Last updated 3rd July 2019
Pharmaceutical Company AveXis has been leading the development of the gene therapy treatment onasemnogene abeparvovec, trademarked as ZolgensmaTM (previously known as AVXS-101). It uses harmless, genetically-engineered viruses to increase SMN protein levels. A single injection of ZolgensmaTM into the blood is designed to address the genetic root cause of SMA by replacing the faulty or missing SMN1 gene to limit the progression of the condition.
- On 24th May 2019, ZolgensmaTM was approved in the USA for the treatment of children with SMA under the age of 2 years and for children who are pre-symptomatic (meaning that, based on their genetics they are very likely to develop SMA).
- It is currently being considered by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for licencing in Europe.
- The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has started to progress its review of whether it will recommend the treatment for infants with SMA Type 1. We have been invited to make a submission by 7th August. The first committee meeting will be on 28th November 2019. Please tell us your views by completing our survey - closing date for the survey is 21st July.
- AveXis is also conducting clinical trials to see if an intrathecal administration route, which is directly into the fluid bathing the spinal cord and brain, will address the needs of those who have SMA and are older than 2 years.