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BlueRock Therapeutics Receives FDA Fast Track Designation for DA01 in the Treatment of Advanced Parkinson’s Disease

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

BlueRock Therapeutics LP, a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company and wholly owned subsidiary of Bayer AG, announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Fast Track designation for DA01 for advanced Parkinson’s disease (PD). DA01, BlueRock’s pluripotent stem cell-derived dopaminergic neuron therapy, is under evaluation in a Phase 1 study.

The FDA’s Fast Track designation is intended to facilitate the development and review of drug candidates that treat serious conditions and address an unmet medical need. A drug candidate that receives Fast Track designation may be eligible for more frequent interaction with the FDA to discuss the drug candidate’s development plan as well as eligibility for accelerated approval and priority review.

“Receiving Fast Track Designation from the FDA is an important step, which will help us further accelerate clinical development of our DA01 cell therapy approach for Parkinson’s disease,” says Joachim Fruebis, Ph.D., BlueRock’s Chief Development Officer. “This is another critical step in the BlueRock mission to create authentic cellular medicines to reverse devastating diseases, with the vision of improving the human condition.”

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