Marisa Wexler, MS, senior science writer —

Marisa holds a Master of Science in cellular and molecular pathology from the University of Pittsburgh, where she studied novel genetic drivers of ovarian cancer. Her areas of expertise include cancer biology, immunology, and genetics, and she has worked as a science writing and communications intern for the Genetics Society of America.

Articles by Marisa Wexler

Verseon Given European Patents to PKIs That Might Treat HAE

The European Patent Office has granted patent protection to Verseon covering the company’s experimental plasma kallikrein inhibitors (PKIs). Two of these investigational medications, called VE-4666 and VE-4062, are currently in preclinical development as potential treatments of hereditary angioedema (HAE). “We’re very pleased with the European Patent Office’s…

HAE Gene-editing Therapy Earns Orphan Drug Status

NTLA-2002, an experimental gene-editing therapy designed to prevent swelling attacks in people with hereditary angioedema (HAE), has been granted orphan drug status by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This designation is given to investigational treatments that have the potential to improve care for rare diseases, defined as…

PAR1 Protein May Be Target for HAE Treatment

Protease-activated receptor 1 (PAR1), a protein involved in the regulation of blood vessel permeability or leakage, may contribute to hereditary angioedema (HAE) attacks. That is the preliminary conclusion of a study reporting evidence suggesting that PAR1 was highly activated in the throat tissue of a woman with HAE type…

Symptoms of HAE Can Occur Without Swelling Attack: Study

Many people with hereditary angioedema (HAE) have non-swelling symptoms, such as rash or fatigue, even when they aren’t having an acute swelling attack, a new study highlights. “HAE symptoms are not limited to only those experienced during HAE swelling attacks. Many different symptoms (including abdominal symptoms, pain, headache, fatigue, depression, and…

Europe Awaits Proposed New Framework for Sharing Health Data

The European Commission is expected to propose a new governing framework for health data next month, called the European Health Data Space (EHDS), with the aim of connecting national health systems to facilitate secure and efficient transfer of data across systems in different European nations. The move is expected to…