GAINESVILLE, Fla., Sept. 2, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Applied Genetic Technologies Corporation (Nasdaq:AGTC), a biotechnology company conducting human clinical trials of adeno-associated virus (AAV)-based gene therapies for the treatment of rare eye diseases, today announced the opening of a new office facility in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
The office which will be located at One Kendall Square, is a second U.S. location to the company’s headquarters in Gainesville, Florida. The new location in Cambridge, consisting of office and laboratory space, will focus on business development, pharmacology and basic R&D.
“Following our recently announced collaboration with Biogen as well as the appointment of our two Cambridge-based officers, Stephen Potter, CBO and Mark Shearman, CSO, we recognized the need to have a presence in Cambridge as it has become the world’s premier life sciences cluster,” said Sue Washer, Chief Executive Officer of AGTC. “With close proximity to leading life science and medical innovators, world-class academic research centers and a deep talent pool, having a presence in Cambridge will be beneficial to fostering AGTC’s ongoing business and clinical development activities.”
AGTC has a robust product pipeline, including five named ophthalmology development programs across four targets (XLRS, XLRP, achromatopsia and wet age-related macular degeneration), one non-ophthalmology program (alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency) and proof-of-concept data in multiple additional indications. The Company employs a highly targeted approach to selecting and designing its product candidates, choosing to develop therapies for indications having high unmet medical need, clinical feasibility and commercial potential. The Company has a significant intellectual property portfolio and expertise in the design of gene therapy products including capsids, promoters and expression cassettes, as well as expertise in the formulation and physical delivery of gene therapy products.
AGTC is a clinical-stage biotechnology company that uses its proprietary gene therapy platform to develop products designed to transform the lives of patients with severe diseases in ophthalmology. AGTC’s lead product candidates focus on X-linked retinoschisis, achromatopsia and X-linked retinitis pigmentosa, which are inherited orphan diseases of the eye, caused by mutations in single genes that significantly affect visual function and currently lack effective medical treatments. AGTC is also using its gene therapy expertise to expand into disease indications with large market opportunity such as wet AMD.
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