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Kriya Licenses Next Generation Complement-Targeted Gene Therapies for the Treatment of Geographic Atrophy and Other Ocular Diseases

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REDWOOD CITY, Calif. & RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Kriya Therapeutics, Inc., a fully integrated company pioneering novel technologies and therapeutics in gene therapy, today announced an exclusive agreement with the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Foundation for Research Development to license next generation complement-targeted gene therapies for the treatment of geographic atrophy and other ocular diseases.

Geographic atrophy, also known as atrophic age-related macular degeneration (AMD), is an advanced form of AMD, a progressive retinal disease affecting millions of adults worldwide. Patients with geographic atrophy experience irreversible loss of vision with significant impact on quality of life due to the chronic and progressive nature of the disease. There are currently no FDA-approved treatments available for geographic atrophy.

“This partnership highlights the broad potential of Kriya’s technology and R&D platforms to drive innovation in diseases with established biology, and furthers our mission of developing transformative gene therapies for diseases with high unmet need,” said Theresa Heah, M.D., M.B.A., President and Chief Medical Officer of Kriya’s ophthalmology division. “We believe that complement hyperactivity is a clinically validated target implicated in the pathogenesis of retinal degeneration in geographic atrophy, and has the potential to address other ocular diseases. We are excited to develop gene therapies that precisely target this pathway, in collaboration with academic partners who have been at the forefront of characterizing the biology underlying these diseases.”

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