Author Archives: Marta Figueiredo PhD

Top 10 Hemophilia Stories of 2021

Hemophilia News Today brought you daily coverage throughout 2021 of the latest scientific findings, treatment developments, and clinical trials related to hemophilia. As a reminder of what mattered most to you during this year, here are the top 10 most-read articles of 2021, with brief descriptions of what made…

Catalyst Halts MarzAA Program for Hemophilia, Despite Positive Results

In an unexpected turn, Catalyst Biosciences is discontinuing the clinical development of marzeptacog alfa activated (MarzAA), its experimental under-the-skin therapy for hemophilia A and B patients with inhibitors, which was being evaluated in an international Phase 3 clinical trial. “Based on several factors including a recently updated feasibility assessment,…

Potential Gene Therapy GENV-HEM Earns Orphan Drug Status

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted orphan drug designation to GENV-HEM, GeneVentiv Therapeutics’ investigational gene therapy for hemophilia A and B patients, with or without clotting factor inhibitors. Orphan drug designation is given to treatment candidates that have the potential to be safe and effective…

Research Explores Umbilical Stem Cells as Treatment

Using a baby’s own umbilical cells as vehicles to deliver factor VIII (FVIII) — the missing or defective clotting protein in hemophilia A — may be an effective, long-lasting, and more affordable therapeutic approach for this blood disorder, an early study suggests. The findings “lay the groundwork for future…

New Guidelines Issued to Self-administer Hemlibra

The National Hemophilia Foundation (NHF), through its Nursing Working Group (NWG), has released new guidelines to help hemophilia A patients self-administer Hemlibra (emicizumab). In its announcement, the foundation also highlighted the issuance of new guidelines for nurses to ensure safe and effective administration of standard into-the-vein…

Gene Therapy SPK-8011 Prevents Bleeds Up to 4 Years

A single dose of Spark Therapeutics’ investigational gene therapy SPK-8011 safely and effectively prevented bleeding episodes and the use of clotting factor VIII (FVIII) for up to four years in men with hemophilia A, according to the latest data from a Phase 1/2 trial and its extension study.