New STAT Report Explores Viral Vectors, the Linchpin of Gene Therapy

December 13, 2019

(STAT News) – Gene therapy, once dismissed as too dangerous, has made a comeback, with two products approved in the U.S. since December 2017 and hundreds more in the pipeline. STAT’s latest report takes a deep dive into a crucial component of these new treatments: the viral vectors used to deliver gene therapies to cells and organs. As dozens of new gene therapies near the market, we spoke with academic experts, pioneers in the field, and executives with 18 companies, large and small, to identify the most important challenges surrounding the engineering of better vectors, their safety, effectiveness, efficiency, production, and cost — and how key players are thinking about overcoming those hurdles.