Leiden, The Netherlands - December 8, 2014 - Prosensa Holding N.V. (NASDAQ: RNA), the biopharmaceutical company focusing on RNA-modulating therapeutics for rare diseases with a high unmet medical need, is delighted to have won the Scrip ‘Biotech Company of the Year’ Award for 2014, announced last week in London, UK.
The prestigious Scrip Awards provide an opportunity to acknowledge and applaud the highest achievers across the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry, recognizing both corporate and individual accomplishments. The award for ‘Biotech Company of the Year’ is given to the company which has demonstrated the greatest achievements for the year.
Hans Schikan, CEO of Prosensa, said, “Winning Scrip’s ‘Biotech Company of the Year’ Award is a great honor and a testament to the dedication and hard work of the Prosensa team. Our drive to succeed is fueled by patients and their families, who continue to inspire us to make innovative therapies available as quickly and efficiently as possible.”
The other five finalists were: Ablynx; Horizon Discovery; Isis Pharmaceuticals; Mesoblast; and Silence Therapeutics.
About Prosensa Holding N.V.
Prosensa (NASDAQ: RNA) is a biotechnology company engaged in the discovery and development of RNA-modulating therapeutics for the treatment of genetic disorders. Its primary focus is on rare neuromuscular and neurodegenerative disorders with a large unmet medical need, including Duchenne muscular dystrophy, Myotonic Dystrophy and Huntington’s disease.
Prosensa’s current portfolio includes six compounds for the treatment of DMD, all of which have received orphan drug status in the United States and the European Union. The compounds use an innovative technique called exon-skipping to provide a personalized medicine approach to treat different populations of DMD patients.
Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is the most common fatal genetic disorder diagnosed in childhood, affecting approximately up to 1 in 3,500 live male births (about 20,000 new cases each year). DMD is caused by mutations in the gene that encodes for dystrophin, a protein that is important for muscle function. Patients suffer from progressive loss of muscle function, often making them wheelchair bound before the age of 12. Respiratory and cardiac muscle can also be affected by the disease. Few patients survive the age of 30. There is currently no cure for DMD.
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