Press Release

Taysha Gene Therapies Announces Collaboration to Advance Next-Generation Mini-Gene Payloads for an AAV Gene Therapy for the Treatment of Neurodevelopmental Disorders

03-09-2021   |  

Taysha to have an exclusive option on new payloads, constructs, and intellectual property arising from research conducted under the agreement

Agreement leverages Taysha’s existing partnership with UT Southwestern Gene Therapy Program to develop new constructs incorporating novel mini-gene payloads

DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar. 9, 2021-- Taysha Gene Therapies, Inc. (Nasdaq: TSHA), a patient-centric, clinical-stage gene therapy company focused on developing and commercializing AAV-based gene therapies for the treatment of monogenic diseases of the central nervous system (CNS) in both rare and large patient populations, today announced a multi-year collaboration to advance next-generation mini-gene payloads for AAV gene therapies for the treatment of neurodevelopmental disorders. Taysha will have an exclusive option on new payloads, constructs, and intellectual property associated with, and arising from, the research conducted under this agreement.

The collaboration with Yong-Hui Jiang, MD, Ph.D., Professor and Chief of Medical Genetics at Yale University, follows the previously announced collaborations with Cleveland Clinic and UT Southwestern Gene Therapy Program (UTSW) to support the creation of a novel next-generation mini-gene platform designed to overcome key challenges in gene therapy. Under the terms of this most recent agreement, a team of researchers from Yale University will create mini-gene payloads designed to treat neurodevelopmental disorders including intellectual disability. UTSW will produce viral vector constructs that incorporate the mini-gene payloads and evaluate the constructs in in vivo and in vitro efficacy models.

“Our collaboration with Yale is a key addition to our established partnerships with Cleveland Clinic and UTSW, designed to advance our breakthrough next-generation mini-gene platform and to potentially expand the range of genetic diseases that can be treated by AAV-based gene therapy,” said Suyash Prasad, MBBS, M.Sc., MRCP, MRCPCH, FFPM, Chief Medical Officer and Head of Research and Development of Taysha. “We look forward to harnessing each partner’s unique capabilities and expertise to better address the challenge of vector capacity and believe our collective efforts may allow significant advancement in the field of gene therapy.”

About Taysha Gene Therapies 

Taysha Gene Therapies (Nasdaq: TSHA) is on a mission to eradicate monogenic CNS disease. With a singular focus on developing curative medicines, we aim to rapidly translate our treatments from bench to bedside. We have combined our team’s proven experience in gene therapy drug development and commercialization with the world-class UT Southwestern Gene Therapy Program to build an extensive, AAV gene therapy pipeline focused on both rare and large-market indications. Together, we leverage our fully integrated platform—an engine for potential new cures—with a goal of dramatically improving patients’ lives. More information is available at

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