Scenic Aims To Move 'Genetic Modifiers' Science Forward
An interview with Scenic Biotech CEO Oscar Izeboud
Co-founded by Sebastian Nijman and Thijn Brummelkamp in 2017, Scenic Biotech is a spinout of the Netherlands Cancer Institute and Oxford University. It was established with a focus on identifying genetic modifiers, or genes that suppress or block the disease-causing effects of a mutated gene in the body. In Vivo spoke with incoming CEO Oscar Izeboud about the company’s next steps, and the potential for genetic modifiers to address unmet needs in the rare disease space, and beyond.
You may also be interested in...
Developers of new ophthalmic products are thinking outside of the box. A raft of new gene therapies are progressing in the clinic, including a gene therapy paired with biomimetic goggles. Elsewhere, technology players are partnering with traditional biopharmaceutical companies and bringing algorithms, machine learning and microelectronics to bear on eye disorders and disease diagnostics.
Will FDA-cleared prescription digital therapeutics be able to follow wellness, chronic disease and sleep disorder apps onto the formularies of major payers? For digital therapeutics companies investing in randomized controlled clinical trials, GMP manufacturing and FDA submissions for products, the current absence of public health insurance coverage is frustrating.
Unique industry partnerships and new regulatory flexibility in Latin America may help to improve access to medicines, even as COVID-19 wreaks havoc in the region’s largest pharmaceutical market. Can biopharma’s bespoke solutions to market access barriers coalesce into a strategy capable of overcoming political, economic and COVID-19 related risks?