Still struggling to receive the same treatment that patients in other provinces receive, Annette Sebey of Perth-Andover, New Brunswick, celebrates International Pompe Day in front of the NB Legislature.
Genzyme is in the early stages of investigating a next generation enzyme replacement therapy (neoGAA) for Pompe disease. It differs from the original ERT, whereby carbohydrates are bonded onto the enzyme during the complex manufacturing process of neoGAA. These carbohydrates are thought to help the enzyme enter the muscles more efficiently. Though it’s still very early in the development process and there are many unknowns, the hope is that through this more efficient uptake into the muscle cell, neoGAA might improve on the effectiveness of the existing therapy.