miRagen Therapeutics LogoBOULDER, Colorado, – November 12, 2015 – miRagen Therapeutics, Inc. a biopharmaceutical company developing innovative microRNA-based therapeutics, today announced that it has initiated a Phase 1 clinical study of MRG-201, a synthetic microRNA mimic (promiR) to microRNA-29b.  The Phase 1 trial is being conducted in normal healthy volunteers and may be extended to patients suffering from cutaneous scleroderma.

“As a Company dedicated to improving human health through the discovery and development of innovative RNA-targeting therapies like MRG-201, we are excited by this event,” said William Marshall, Chief Executive Officer of miRagen.  “The initiation of this clinical trial advances a potentially important new therapy for patients suffering from pathological fibrosis and is an example of our focus on areas of high unmet medical need.”

“We are excited to move MRG-201, our lead anti-fibrosis product candidate, into this first-in-human safety, tolerability and dose-range finding trial,” added David Rodman [click to continue…]

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-New study published in Science Translational Medicine demonstrates microRNA-21 contributes to fibrogenesis in the kidney
-Regulus, in partnership with Sanofi, developing novel anti-fibrotic therapies targeting microRNAs

B.N. Chau et al.
“MicroRNA-21 Promotes Fibrosis of the Kidney by Silencing Metabolic Pathways”
Sci Transl Med 15 February 2012:
Vol. 4, Issue 121, p. 121ra18
Sci. Transl. Med. DOI: 10.1126/scitranslmed.3003205

LA JOLLA, Calif., Feb. 16, 2012  /PRNewswire/ — Regulus Therapeutics Inc., a biopharmaceutical company leading the discovery and development of innovative medicines targeting microRNAs, today announced that new preclinical data investigating the role of microRNA-21 (miR-21) in the treatment of kidney fibrosis has been published in the journal Science Translational Medicine. Regulus’ lead program for fibrosis targets miR-21, which is up-regulated in fibrotic tissues of humans. Previous preclinical studies by Regulus scientists and collaborators have shown that therapeutic oligonucleotides targeting miR-21 (anti-miR-21) can decrease fibrosis in preclinical models by reducing the expression of extracellular matrix proteins.  Despite the current burden of fibrosis-related human disease, there are few therapies that can specifically treat this devastating disease.

“We are pleased with the published results demonstrating that targeting miR-21 with proprietary anti-miR oligonucleotides is effective at preventing kidney fibrosis in preclinical models,” said Neil W. Gibson, Ph.D., Regulus’ Chief Scientific Officer.  “We plan to select an anti-miR-21 development candidate [click to continue…]


-Regulus Scientists to Provide Update on Lead Therapeutic Program at American Society of Nephrology Meeting-

LA JOLLA, Calif., Nov. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Regulus Therapeutics Inc., a biopharmaceutical company leading the discovery and development of innovative medicines targeting microRNAs, today announced presentations on its preclinical programs for the treatment of fibrosis at the American Association of Nephrology “Kidney Week” Annual Meeting held Nov. 8–13, 2011, in Philadelphia. New data will be presented demonstrating that microRNA-21 (miR-21) is upregulated in human patients and animal models with kidney injury and fibrosis. In preclinical models, genetic deletion of miR-21 or pharmacologic inhibition using proprietary anti-miR oligonucleotides decreased fibrotic gene expression and improved kidney fibrosis. These new data demonstrate that miR-21 contributes to fibrosis and epithelial injury in the kidney, and supports the development of anti-miR-21 oligonucleotides as a therapeutic approach for treating chronic kidney disease.

“In collaboration with Dr. Jeremy S. Duffield, M.D., Ph.D., University of Washington, we have shown that inhibition of miR-21 with our proprietary anti-miR oligonucleotides is effective at preventing [click to continue…]