#148 CF Series: Shuling Guo on Pharmaceuticals


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To continue our cystic fibrosis podcast series, Dr. Shuling Guo joins our host Kira Dineen, to discuss drug discovery efforts in cystic fibrosis. She is the VP of Antisense Drug Discovery at Ionis Pharmaceuticals – the leader in RNA-targeted drug discovery and development.

Shuling is an Ionis veteran of over a dozen years (first and only industry job). Shuling received her Ph.D. in Molecular Cancer Biology from Duke University and had her postdoctoral training at HHMI/UCLA. At Ionis, Dr. Guo oversees drug discovery efforts in hematological, metabolic, ocular, pulmonary and renal disease areas as well as research efforts in noncoding RNA field; managing activities from target identification and target validation to the selection of human development candidate. In addition, she is involved in clinical development of antisense therapies. Her achievements include leading the research efforts for transthyretin (familial amyloid polyneuropathy, completed phase 3 clinical trial & under NDA), TMPRSS6 (beta-thalassemia and hereditary hemochromatosis, phase 1 clinical trial), and ENaC (cystic fibrosis, preclinical development).

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On This Episode We Discuss:

Defining cystic fibrosis (CF)

How CFTR protein functions in the lung, difference in lung of CF patients

Current drugs on the market for CF

Research and development on a drug through Ionis

Antisense medicine and how it works in the body

Other respiratory diseases that could benefit from this treatment

The timeline for FDA-approval and commercial availability of this drug

For more information about Ionis’ new cystic fibrosis drug development (IONIS-ENAC-2.5Rx), check out their press release here. You can learn more about Ionis on their website and follow Dr. Shuling Guo on LinkedIn.

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Stay tuned for the next new episode of DNA Today on June 4th, 2021! We will be joined by Gunnar Esiason, patient advocate, for the third and final episode of our CF series! New episodes are released on the first and third Friday of the month. In the meantime, you can binge over 150 other episodes on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, streaming on the website, or any other podcast player by searching, “DNA Today”. Brand new in 2021, episodes are now also recorded with video which you can watch on our YouTube channel.

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