AskBio Announces 11 Presentations at the American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy 26th Annual Meeting in 2023

  • Four oral presentations and seven poster presentations will share insights into AskBio’s adeno-associated virus research, development and pre-clinical product progress 
  • Breadth of research reinforces AskBio’s continued commitment to the development of innovative gene therapies from pre-clinical to clinical development

Research Triangle Park, N.C.– MAY 11, 2023 – Asklepios BioPharmaceutical, Inc. (AskBio), a gene therapy company wholly owned and independently operated as a subsidiary of Bayer AG, will deliver 11 presentations offering insights into the research and development of adeno-associated virus (AAV) therapies for a range of diseases at the American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy (ASGCT) 26th Annual Meeting taking place May 16–20, 2023, in Los Angeles, USA. 

AskBio presentations cover pre-clinical research into immune responses to AAV, data on methods to improve the efficacy of AAV-gene therapy and research into improved analytics and bioassays. A symposium on a platform approach to AAV manufacturing will also be presented by AskBio’s subsidiary Viralgen.  

“Our breadth of scientific presence at ASGCT reflects the type of cutting edge pre-clinical research our teams undertake, which we believe is essential for the development of successful gene therapies in the future,” said Jude Samulski, Chief Scientific Officer and Co-Founder of AskBio. “We look forward to presenting updates on pioneering work that spans the subtlety of AAV vector design, quantifiable transgene expression and preclinical efficacy, with the aim of furthering AAV therapy for additional unmet clinical needs.”

With an ambitious portfolio of gene therapies at various stages of research and development, AskBio continues to develop AAV-based therapies to treat some of the world’s most debilitating diseases, including congestive heart failure, Huntington’s disease, limb-girdle muscular dystrophy, multiple system atrophy, Parkinson’s disease, and Pompe disease. By targeting these therapy areas, AskBio aims to deliver breakthrough treatments that could benefit more than 35 million patients worldwide.1–7 

AskBio’s presentations at ASGCT include:

  • A Platform Approach for Adeno-Associated Virus Manufacturing to Support Gene Therapy Products. Presented by Cesar Trigueros, Chief Scientific Officer, Viralgen. [Exhibitor Symposium: 08:15 May 19 (Room 511)]
  • Inhibition of AAV-specific adaptive immune response by co-stimulation blockade with CTLA4-Ig fusion protein. Presented by Audry Fernandez, R&D, Asklepios BioPharmaceutical, Inc. [Oral presentation: 16:00 May 18 (Room 411)]
  • Impact of Genetic Diversity on Gene Therapy Efficacy. Presented by Joerg Votteler, Associate Director, Asklepios BioPharmaceutical, Inc. [Oral presentation: 16:15 May 18 (Room 403 AB)]
  • Characterization of promoter and intron interactions affecting transgene expression in AAV cassettes. Presented by Ferzin Sethna, Senior Scientist, Asklepios BioPharmaceutical, Inc. [Oral presentation: 16:15 May 18 (Room: Concourse Hall 150 & 151)]
  • AA, BB, CC, D deciphering the alphabet of the AAV ITR. Presented by Liujiang Song, Principal Scientist, Asklepios BioPharmaceutical, Inc. [Oral symposium presentation: 09:00 May 19 (Room 502 AB)]
  • Utilizing AAV entry factors & small molecules to synergistically enhance vector transduction and transgene expression to facilitate the development of in vitro cell-based assays for AAV gene therapy. Presented by Kayla Shumate, Translational Scientist, Asklepios BioPharmaceutical, Inc. [Poster presentation: 12:00 May 17 (Poster #773)]
  • Diversity Analyses in AAV Libraries Containing Peptide Insertion Using Short- and Long-Read Next-Generation Sequencing Approaches. Presented by Kathleen Boerner, Managing Director, Asklepios BioPharmaceutical, Inc. [Poster presentations: 12:00 May 17 (Poster #460)]
  • Kinetics of Innate and Adaptive Immune Responses to Adeno-Associated Virus in a Preclinical Model. Presented by Alan Curtis, Cellular & Immunology Scientist, Asklepios BioPharmaceutical, Inc. [Poster presentation: 12:00 May 18 (Poster #1039)]
  • Characterization of the muscular and cardiac diseases of the DMSXL mouse model, a transgenic mouse model for Myotonic Dystrophy type 1. Presented by Caroline Le Guiner, Senior Scientist, Asklepios BioPharmaceutical, Inc. [Poster presentation: 12:00 May 18 (Poster #930)]
  • Rationally designed cardiotropic AAV capsid demonstrates targeted cellular distribution in cardiomyocytes. Presented by Youjun Chen, Histotechnology Scientist, Asklepios BioPharmaceutical, Inc.  [Poster presentation: 12:00 May 19 (Poster #1319)]
  • A quantitative method for evaluating AAV-mediated FKRP expression and function in differentiated myotubes. Presented by Jenny Herndon, Scientist, Asklepios BioPharmaceutical, Inc. [Poster presentation: 12:00 May 19 (Poster #1670)]
  • Restoration of brain cholesterol metabolism as gene therapy strategy in Huntington’s disease: unilateral injections are insufficient to elicit a treatment effect in HD mice. Presented by Sandro Alves, Head preclinical (France), Asklepios BioPharmaceutical, Inc. [Poster presentation: 12:00 May 19 (Poster #1261)]

About AskBio

Asklepios BioPharmaceutical, Inc. (AskBio), a wholly owned and independently operated subsidiary of Bayer AG, is a fully integrated gene therapy company dedicated to developing life-saving medicines and changing lives. The company maintains a portfolio of clinical programs across a range of neuromuscular, central nervous system, cardiovascular and metabolic disease indications with a clinical-stage pipeline that includes therapeutics for congestive heart failure, Huntington’s disease, limb-girdle muscular dystrophy, multiple system atrophy, Parkinson’s disease, and Pompe disease. AskBio’s gene therapy platform includes Pro10™, an industry-leading proprietary cell line manufacturing process, and an extensive capsid and promoter library. With global headquarters in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, and European headquarters in Edinburgh, Scotland, the company has generated hundreds of proprietary capsids and promoters, several of which have entered clinical testing. An early innovator in the gene therapy field, with over 800 employees in five countries, the company holds more than 750 patents in areas such as AAV production and chimeric and self-complementary capsids. Learn more at or follow us on LinkedIn. 

About Viralgen 

Viralgen, an independently operated Contract Development and Manufacturing Organization (CDMO), was founded in 2017 as a joint venture between AskBio and Columbus Venture Partners (a venture capital firm based in Spain). As one of the world’s leading manufacturers of cGMP-certified AAV, Viralgen uses the Pro10TM based suspension manufacturing platform, a technology licensed from AskBio and developed by CTO Josh Grieger and co-founder R. Jude Samulski, PhD, at University of North Carolina. It is believed that Pro10™ increases scalability, performance and precision of AAV therapies. Located in Spain, in the Gipuzkoa Science and Technology Park, Viralgen produces AAV gene therapy treatments for pharmaceutical and biotech companies with the aim of accelerating the delivery of new treatments that can improve patients’ lives.

The company’s clinical facilities have four cGMP manufacturing suites, with 250-liter and 500-liter bioreactors. In 2020, Viralgen expanded within the scientific park by constructing a new building for large-scale commercial manufacturing. The new state-of-the-art facility includes three additional cGMP suites with a manufacturing capacity of 2,000 liters each, as well as a suite dedicated to fully automated fill and finish operations. The new facility has received cGMP certification by the Spanish Agency for Medicines and Medical Devices (AEMPS) as part of the EMA network.

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About Bayer

Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the life science fields of health care and nutrition. Its products and services are designed to help people and the planet thrive, by supporting efforts to master the major challenges presented by a growing and aging global population. Bayer is committed to driving sustainable development and generating a positive impact with its businesses. At the same time, the Group aims to increase its earning power and create value through innovation and growth. The Bayer brand stands for trust, reliability and quality throughout the world. In fiscal 2022, the Group employed around 101,000 people and had sales of 50.7 billion euros. R&D expenses before special items amounted to 6.2 billion euros. For more information, go to

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