Author Archives: Marisa Wexler MS

Agios Launches Phase 2/3 Trial, RISE UP, for Mitapivat

Agios Pharmaceuticals has launched a Phase 2/3 trial called RISE UP to test its investigational therapy mitapivat (AG-348) in people with sickle cell disease (SCD). The trial (NCT05031780), which is not yet recruiting, aims to enroll about 237 people with SCD, ages 16 and older. To be…

Beam Cleared to Launch Trial of BEAM-101, Gene Editing Therapy

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared Beam Therapeutics to start clinical testing of BEAM-101, the company’s investigational gene editing cell therapy for sickle cell disease (SCD). “BEAM-101 has the potential to offer a one-time treatment for patients with sickle cell disease, and this clearance enables…

Emmaus Seeks Approval of Endari in United Arab Emirates

Emmaus Life Sciences is seeking the approval of Endari (L-glutamine), an oral treatment for sickle cell disease (SCD), in the the United Arab Emirates (UAE). “We look forward to working with the U.A.E Ministry of Health to bring this important medication to our patient population in the…

$10.5M NIH Grant to Fund Sickle Cell Research in Delaware

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded a $10.5-million grant to support several research projects seeking to improve care for people with sickle cell disease (SCD). Research will focus on children and young adults, and on combating racism and other barriers to proper healthcare. SCD disproportionately affects Black…

Sickle Cell Warriors Convention Open to Patients, Families Aug. 25-29

The Sickle Cell Consortium, a U.S.-based nonprofit, is hosting a virtual event in late August that will focus on facilitating conversations among people with sickle cell disease (SCD) and their caregivers. “We’re bringing these patients together to talk about what they’re experiencing, strategies for navigating the realities brought…