Neurogene have announced that they will be merging with Neoleukin.
This does not change the projected course of their Rett gene therapy program.
“We are excited to announce our planned merger with Neoleukin, which we believe is a transformative step forward in our mission to bring life-changing genetic medicines to the patients and families impacted by devastating neurological diseases,” said Rachel McMinn, Ph.D., Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Neurogene. “This transaction is expected to bolster our ability to progress our differentiated pipeline, including our clinical-stage program in Rett Syndrome which contains our novel, proprietary EXACT technology. We believe EXACT represents a meaningful technological advance for the gene therapy field, allowing us to develop therapeutic product candidates for complex diseases with attractive market opportunities not addressable with conventional gene therapy. This capital will also support our internal manufacturing capabilities, which we expect will continue to provide significant financial and strategic flexibility. With cash on hand at the close of this transaction expected to fund operations into the second half of 2026, we believe we are well positioned to successfully execute beyond multiple anticipated clinical inflection points for both Rett syndrome and Batten disease, and advance our discovery stage pipeline.”
“This merger with Neurogene reflects the continued commitment of our management team and Board of Directors to deliver value to stockholders and, importantly, meaningfully improve patients’ lives,” said Donna Cochener, Interim Chief Executive Officer and General Counsel of Neoleukin. “Neurogene has an innovative genetic medicines portfolio, in-house product design and manufacturing capabilities, an impressive management team, and will be well positioned to deliver multiple data readouts in the next 18 to 24 months. We are grateful to our current and former employees who contributed to Neoleukin’s efforts and look forward to the combined company’s continued progress and success.”