August 4, 2016
July 28, 2016
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Unlocking the Potential of RNAi
RNA interference (RNAi) is a natural biological method for silencing or “turning off” specific genes known to cause or drive disease. In the RNAi process, small, carefully selected molecules of RNA inhibit the expression of these harmful genes by causing the targeted destruction of their messenger RNAs (mRNA). RNAi has the potential to generate a revolution in medicine.
RNAi: Timeline of Technological and Therapeutic Advances
Andrew Fire and Craig Mello publish their discovery of RNAi in Nature.
Nature publishes the first study to show short-interfering RNA (siRNA) activity in vivo in animals.
Nature Medicine publishes the first therapeutic application of RNAi in animals.
Nature Biotechnology publishes the discovery of DsiRNAs, which are siRNAs that have enhanced potency and efficacy by acting as substrates for processing by the enzyme Dicer.
Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine is awarded to Fire and Mello for their discovery of RNAi.
Molecular Therapy publishes a novel approach to optimizing DsiRNAs.
Journal of Biomolecular Techniques publishes data showing that DsiRNA molecules produce more potent, longer-lasting gene silencing than shorter siRNA molecules.
Dicerna is issued a U.S. patent to broadly cover DsiRNA technology.
Dicerna is issued a U.S. patent to broadly cover Dicerna’s Extended Dicer Substrate™ (DsiRNA-EX) therapeutic RNAs.
Molecular Therapy publishes a paper demonstrating how the use of DsiRNA compounds inhibit tumor growth by silencing β-catenin, a key oncogene in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC).
Dicerna initiates a Phase 1 study of DCR-MYC in patients with solid tumors and hematologic malignancies.
Dicerna presents preclinical data indicating the rapid and durable effect of DCR-PH1 in a mouse model of primary hyperoxaluria type 1 (PH1), at the 10th annual meeting of the Oligonucleotide Therapeutics Society in San Diego, Calif.
Dicerna announces successful delivery of DsiRNA-EX Conjugate molecules in animals using subcutaneous injection.
Dicerna presents positive preclinical data on DsiRNA therapeutics targeting MYC and β-catenin at the American Association of Cancer Research (AACR) MYC meeting.
Dicerna announces dosing of the first patient in a Phase 1b/2 clinical trial of DCR-MYC for the treatment of advanced hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC).