Intellia Therapeutics has in vivo programs focused on developing treatments for liver diseases, including transthyretin amyloidosis, alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, hepatitis B virus, and inborn errors of metabolism. The company also has proprietary programs for developing engineered cell therapies to treat oncological and autoimmune diseases. In partnerships, they are also working on chimeric antigen receptor T cells and hematopoietic cells. Intellia has collaborations with Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals and Caribou Biosciences.
In 2018, Intellia Therapeutics began an arbitration proceeding against Caribou Biosciences, alleging Caribou had broken terms of a key license between the two companies by using and seeking to license two patent families invented or controlled by Caribous to third parties. Caribou licensed its technology for human therapeutic use to Intellia, which according to Caribou CEO Rachel Haurwiz includes the foundational CRISPR-Cas9 IP invented by Jennifer Doudna and colleagues, but does not include other types of CRISPR and non-CRISPR systems.
In a collaboration between Intellia and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, researchers achieved higher than clinically required levels (supratherapeutic levels) of expression for the model mouse gene Factor 9 (F9), that codes for a blood clotting protein, by CRISPR-mediated targeted insertion into the liver where blood clotting proteins are produced. Intellia’s modular lipid nanoparticle (LNP) delivery system was used to deliver CRISPR-Cas9 with a modular adeno-associated viral (AAV) insertion template. The F9 gene codes for Factor IX (FIX), a blood-clotting protein often missing or defective in hemophilia B patients. Intellia’s proprietary bi-directional template was used and resulted in levels of FIX 40-300 times higher than those able to prevent bleeding episodes in hemophilia B patients.
For alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency (AATD), which affects the liver and lungs, researchers used their system to insert a donor template DNA for the SERPINA1 gene into mice which resulted in clinically relevant blood protein levels in mice. Non-human primate studies conducted by Intellia with their transthyretin amyloidosis (ATTR) program demonstrated gene editing in liver, where approximately 35-40 percent rate of liver editing resulted in therapeutically meaningful reduced expression of TTR. The disease ATTR is endemic in certain populations in Portugal and the research was conducted in collaborations with researchers at Regeneron and the University of Porto in Portugal.
Andrew D. Schiermeier, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President, Development and Corporate Strategy
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
Jennifer King, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President, Business Development
Jennifer Mound Smoter
Senior Vice President, External Affairs & Communications
John M. Leonard, MD
President, CEO & Director
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Nessan Bermingham Ph.D.
Founder & Member of Scientific Advisor Board
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Thomas Barnes, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President, Innovative Sciences
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