Axovant Gene Therapies to Host Virtual Parkinson’s Disease R&D Day on October 30, 2020 – BioSpace

Posted: October 25, 2020 at 5:52 am

NEW YORK, Oct. 22, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Axovant Gene Therapies Ltd. (Nasdaq: AXGT), a clinical-stage company developing innovative gene therapies, today announced that it will host a virtual R&D Day on Friday, October 30, 2020 at 11:30 AM Eastern time, to discuss the Companys AXO-Lenti-PD gene therapy for Parkinsons disease.

Axovants Parkinsons disease R&D Day will be moderated by Chief R&D Officer, Gavin Corcoran, M.D., and will feature presentations on the current treatment landscape and unmet medical need for people living with Parkinsons disease from the following key opinion leaders:

In addition, the Company will present data from the second cohort of the Phase 2 SUNRISE-PD trial for AXO-Lenti-PD including:

Drs. Adler, Palfi, and Eberling will be joined by Dr. Corcoran to answer questions following the formal presentations.

AXO-Lenti-PD is the only investigational gene therapy for Parkinsons disease that delivers three genes via a lentiviral vector to encode a set of critical enzymes required for endogenous dopamine synthesis, with the goal of improving motor function and restoring steady, tonic levels of dopamine in the brain. The gene therapy aims to provide patient benefit for years following a single administration.

To register for the R&D webcast, please click here.

A live audio webcast of the R&D Day can be accessed through the Events & Presentations section of the company's website at An archived replay of the webcast will be available on the company's website following the event.

Biographies of R&D Day Panelists:

Dr. Adler has received numerous grants to investigate experimental treatments for Parkinson's disease, essential tremor, dystonia, restless legs syndrome, and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). He serves as an advisory member to many different international medical societies such as the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society, MDS Industry Education and Services Committee, and the American Academy of Neurology Section of Movement Disorders. Dr. Adler has a commitment to education having trained residents, 14 fellows and graduate students, and has given many invited lectures. Dr. Adlers main research interests are investigating tissue diagnostic tests for Parkinsons disease, biomarkers for an early diagnosis of Parkinsons disease and PD with dementia, and identification of new treatments for PD and PD with dementia. He also has been investigating essential tremor, restless legs syndrome, and dystonia. He has published over 400 research papers and reviews, and edited a book entitled Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders: Diagnosis and Treatment Guidelines for the Practicing Physician. In 2006, Dr. Adler was awarded the Mayo Clinic Distinguished Investigator of the Year Award.

Dr. Palfi has published extensively on trophic factor- and enzyme-based gene therapy in Parkinsons disease and Huntingtons disease. He is a principal investigator on numerous preclinical and clinical studies and has been involved in studies of many novel agents including implanted brain devices, optogenetic, homeoprotein, trophic factors GDNF, CNTF and dopamine lentiviral vectors.

Dr. Eberling earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in biological psychology from the University of California at Berkeley, later moving to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory where she developed expertise in neuroimaging techniques and gene therapy approaches for Parkinsons disease.

About Axovant Gene Therapies

Axovant Gene Therapies is a clinical-stage gene therapy company focused on developing a pipeline of innovative product candidates for debilitating neurodegenerative diseases. Our current pipeline of gene therapy candidates target GM1 gangliosidosis, GM2 gangliosidosis (also known as Tay-Sachs disease and Sandhoff disease), and Parkinsons disease. Axovant is focused on accelerating product candidates into and through clinical trials with a team of experts in gene therapy development and through external partnerships with leading gene therapy organizations. For more information, visit



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