Graphite Bio Reports Recent Business Progress and Second Quarter 2021 Financial Results
August 12, 2021 at 16:05 PM EDT
Graphite Bio, Inc. (Nasdaq: GRPH), a clinical-stage, next-generation gene editing company harnessing high-efficiency precision gene correction to treat or cure serious diseases, today reported recent business progress and second quarter 2021 financial results.
“This has been a transformational period for Graphite Bio as we advance our next-generation gene editing platform to precisely find and replace any gene in the genome. We have built an outstanding team of experienced industry leaders and, with our recent initial public offering, are well-resourced to advance our pipeline into clinical development, led by GPH101, a highly differentiated gene correction approach for sickle cell disease,” said Josh Lehrer, M.Phil., M.D., chief executive officer of Graphite Bio. “We are focused on executing on our mission to develop potential one-time cures for patients who have a wide range of serious and life-threatening diseases, starting with sickle cell. We remain on track to enroll the first patient in our Phase 1/2 clinical trial of GPH101 in the second half of 2021, with initial proof-of-concept data expected by the end of 2022.”
Second Quarter Financial Highlights
About Graphite Bio
Graphite Bio is a clinical-stage, next-generation gene editing company harnessing high efficiency precision gene correction to develop a new class of therapies to potentially cure a wide range of serious and life-threatening diseases. Graphite Bio is pioneering a precision gene editing platform that could enable a variety of applications to transform human health and achieve one of medicine’s most elusive goals: to precisely “find & replace” any gene in the genome. Graphite Bio’s platform allows it to precisely correct mutations, replace entire disease-causing genes with normal genes, or insert new genes into predetermined, safe locations. The company was co-founded by academic pioneers in the fields of gene editing and gene therapy, including Maria Grazia Roncarolo, M.D., and Matthew Porteus, M.D., Ph.D.
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