MeiraGTx Announces Exclusive Licensing Agreement with National Institutes of Health for Gene Therapy Treatment for Sjögren’s Syndrome and Associated Xerostomia or Xerophthalmia
October 31, 2018
LONDON and NEW YORK,
Sjögren’s syndrome is a systemic autoimmune disorder that impairs one’s ability to secrete fluids such as saliva and tears. Symptoms include dry mouth, which can cause difficulty speaking, tasting food or swallowing, and dry eyes, which can be associated with itching, burning, blurry vision or intolerance to fluorescent lighting. Other serious symptoms can occur in Sjögren’s syndrome, such as fatigue and chronic pain or damage to major organs.
“With as many as 4 million Americans living with Sjögren’s syndrome, it is one of the most common autoimmune diseases, yet there are few therapeutic options. Sjogren’s syndrome can be debilitating for patients and significantly impact their quality of life,” said
About Sjögren’s Syndrome
Sjögren’s syndrome is an autoimmune disorder which primarily attacks the glands that produce tears and saliva, impairing ability to secrete these fluids. The most common symptoms include dry eyes, dry mouth, fatigue, chronic pain and in severe cases result in damage to major organs. Sjögren’s syndrome is often difficult to diagnose as characteristic features of this disorder can also be caused by many other conditions. It’s estimated that Sjögren’s syndrome affects more than 4 million Americans, and while the disorder can appear in both sexes and at all ages, Sjögren’s syndrome is 10 times more prevalent in women than men. There is currently no cure for Sjögren’s syndrome.
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