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For Parkinson’s, Two New Drugs Coming As Prevail Gets Started in NY

A drug that actually slows or reverses the brain damage inflicted by Parkinson’s disease, rather than just alleviates its often debilitating symptoms, remains elusive. But Prevail Therapeutics, a startup just launched in New York, has become the latest to try.

This morning, the Silverstein Foundation, a nonprofit organization formed by OrbiMed partner Jonathan Silverstein, announced the formation of a new startup in New York called Prevail Therapeutics. Headed by Columbia University neurology professor and Parkinson’s researcher Asa Abeliovich, the startup has launched to press forward with a gene therapy, and possibly other approaches, for a genetically-defined subset of people with the condition.

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