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Cone-Rod Dystrophy

A new company, Beacon Therapeutics, has launched with a focus on gene therapies for cone-rod dystrophy and X-linked retinitis pigmentosa. Beacon will undertake preclinical work on a potential gene therapy for cone-rod dystrophy caused by mutations in the CDHR1 gene.

This work was originally started by Dr. Robert MacLaren (University of Oxford) who is a co-founder and adviser to the company. If these studies are successful, Beacon hopes to move the CDHR1 gene therapy to a human clinical trial in the coming years. 

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