With $18M In Series B Funds, Edimer To Test Protein-Replacement Therapy
This article was originally published in The Pink Sheet Daily
Building on Swiss research, the biotech hopes to develop the first therapy for X-linked hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia, a genetic mutation that can impact development of teeth, hair and skin. After Phase I testing in adults, Edimer now plans to test EDI200 in six to 10 infants in Phase II.
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Edimer Pharmaceuticals Inc. is poised to begin the first human trials of a protein-replacement therapy for XLHED, a disorder that impacts the development of teeth, hair and skin. Although the start-up is planning to test its therapy first in adults, Edimer's ultimate goal is to permanently correct the disorder by treating developing fetuses in utero. The company's compound is designed to cross the placental barrier, so that it can bind an endogenous receptor and trigger normal fetal development with just a single treatment.
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