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Editas Medicine to Present New Data Demonstrating Advancements for Translating CRISPR Technologies into Medicines at the American Society of Gene & Cell Therapy Annual Meeting

Oral presentation of first achievement of in vivo retinal gene editing in non-human primates

Oral presentation of results demonstrating the potential of CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing to treat sickle cell disease and beta-thalassemia

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., April 24, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Editas Medicine, Inc. (NASDAQ:EDIT), a leading genome editing company, today announced that six scientific abstracts have been accepted for presentation at the 20th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Gene & Cell Therapy (ASGCT). The meeting will take place May 10-13 in Washington, D.C.  The Company is presenting data on its pipeline and platform technologies to support ongoing development programs. 

Key Editas Medicine presentations at ASGCT will include data demonstrating:

  • First report of results from in vivo gene editing of inherited retinal disease genes in non-human primates;
  • CRISPR/Cas9-mediated editing and engraftment of hematopoietic stem cells preclinically for the treatment of β-hemoglobinopathies;
  • Self-inactivating Cas9: A proprietary approach for controlling exposure while maintaining efficacy in virally-delivered Cas9 applications; and
  • UDiTaS™: A proprietary genome editing analytical method to comprehensively characterize multiple forms of editing, including on- and off-target edits, large deletions, and translocations.

In addition, Editas scientists will be chairing sessions on cardiovascular and pulmonary gene and cell therapies, on AAV vector systems, and a scientific symposium on getting cures to patients.

“Editas Medicine is at the forefront of the rapidly-advancing science that is unlocking the potential of CRISPR for patients,” said Katrine Bosley, President and Chief Executive Officer, Editas Medicine. “These data at ASGCT showcase advances towards our goal of making medicines for patients suffering from genetically-defined diseases and, potentially, for more common genetically-treatable diseases as well.”

The complete list of Editas Medicine presentations is below.  Abstracts can be accessed on the ASGCT website at!/4399.

Oral Presentations:
Amelioration of Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency Diseases with Genome Editing in Transgenic Mice
Date/Time: May 10, 11:00-11:15 a.m.
Location: Lincoln 5,6
Session: Genome Editing and Integration Analysis in Metabolic and Endocrine Disorders

CRISPR/Cas9-mediated Editing of Hematopoietic Stem Cells for the Treatment of β-Hemoglobinopathies
Date/Time: May 11, 9:10-9:45 a.m.
Location: Lincoln 2,3,4
Session: Therapeutic Editing of the Human Genome and Epigenome

Efficient In Vivo Gene Editing of Inherited Retinal Disease Genes in Mice and Non-Human Primates
Date/Time: May 13, 11:00-11:15 a.m.
Location: Thurgood Marshall North
Session: Preclinical Progress Towards Therapies for Neurosensory Disorders

Poster Presentations:
Characterization of Targeted Integration with Viral and Non-Viral DNA Donors
Date/Time: May 11, 5:15-7:15 p.m.
Location: Exhibit Hall A & B South
Session: Gene Targeting and Gene Correction II

Self-inactivating Cas9: A method for Reducing Exposure While Maintaining Efficacy in Virally-delivered Cas9 Applications
Date/Time: May 11, 5:15-7:15 p.m.
Location: Exhibit Hall A & B South
Session: Gene Targeting and Gene Correction II

UDiTaS™: A Streamlined Genome Editing Detection Method for On- and Off-target Edits, Large Deletions, and Translocations
Date/Time: May 12, 5:45-7:45 p.m.
Location: Exhibit Hall A & B South
Session: Gene Targeting and Gene Correction III

About Editas Medicine
Editas Medicine is a leading genome editing company dedicated to treating patients with genetically-defined diseases by correcting their disease-causing genes. The Company was founded by world leaders in genome editing, and its mission is to translate the promise of genome editing science into a broad class of transformative genomic medicines to benefit the greatest number of patients.

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