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Precision BioSciences Announces Presentation at UMDF Mitochondrial Medicine 2024 Supporting Advancement of PBGENE-PMM Program Towards IND and/or CTA in 2025

June 27, 2024 at 7:01 AM EDT

DURHAM, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun. 27, 2024-- Precision BioSciences, Inc. (Nasdaq: DTIL), an advanced gene editing company utilizing its novel proprietary ARCUS® platform to develop in vivo gene editing therapies for sophisticated gene edits, including gene elimination, insertion, and excision, is presenting data today at the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation’s (UMDF) Mitochondrial Medicine 2024 Conference being held in Cleveland, Ohio from June 26-29, 2024.

“Our team is proud to share details from our lead PBGENE-PMM program targeting m.3243 mitochondrial disease and showcase the broader applicability of ARCUS to target other mitochondrial mutations,” said Jeff Smith, Co-Founder and Chief Research Officer at Precision Biosciences. “Our work targeting mitochondrial DNA takes advantage of the simplicity of ARCUS as a single component editor with both recognition and catalytic activity all in one protein that does not require a guide-RNA like most other gene editing tools. PBGENE-PMM is designed to eliminate mutant mitochondrial DNA leaving normal functioning wild-type mitochondrial DNA intact to repopulate the cell, resulting in a shift in heteroplasmy and improvement in mitochondrial function. Given ARCUS’ ability to target the root cause of disease, we are excited by our data generated to date and are working diligently to advance PBGENE-PMM towards an Investigational New drug (IND) and/or Clinical Trial Application (CTA) in 2025.”

Presentation Details:
Title: Shifting Heteroplasmy with PBGENE-PMM: Gene Editing Therapy for m.3243A>G Associated Mitochondrial Myopathy
Presenter: Wendy Shoop, PhD, Senior Scientist, Precision Biosciences
Date and Time: Thursday, June 27, 2024, 11:00 AM EDT.

The data for PBGENE-PMM, Precision’s lead mitochondrial editing therapeutic program, demonstrated ARCUS’ ability to localize exclusively to mitochondria, avoiding any detectable off-target editing in the nuclear genome, and generate substantial shifts in heteroplasmy and improvements in mitochondrial function.

The data showcases the ability of ARCUS to selectively eliminate mutant mitochondrial DNA, including the common deletion (del_mtDNA4977), mouse m.5024T, and human m.3243G, which highlights the broad applicability of the ARCUS platform for heteroplasmic mitochondrial DNA mutations.


PBGENE-PMM is our wholly owned, first of its kind treatment for m.3243 mitochondrial disease. Mitochondrial diseases are the most common hereditary metabolic disorder, affecting 1 in 4,300 people. This disease lacks a curative treatment and impacts approximately 30-40% of patients with mitochondrial disease. In the Company’s 2023 publication in Nature Metabolism, Precision presented data highlighting the high specificity and single component nature of the PBGENE-PMM and ability to specifically edit and eliminate mutant mitochondrial DNA while allowing wild-type (normal) mitochondrial DNA to repopulate in the mitochondria, thus restoring normal function. Precision expects to submit a CTA and/or IND for this program in 2025.


ARCUS is a proprietary genome editing technology discovered and developed by scientists at Precision BioSciences. It uses sequence-specific DNA-cutting enzymes, or nucleases, that are designed to either insert (knock-in), excise (knock-out), eliminate, or repair DNA of living cells and organisms. ARCUS is based on a naturally occurring genome editing enzyme, I-CreI, that evolved in the algae Chlamydomonas reinhardtii to make highly specific cuts in cellular DNA and stimulate gene insertion at the cut site by homologous recombination. Precision's platform and products are protected by a comprehensive portfolio including more than 130 patents to date.

About Precision BioSciences, Inc.

Precision BioSciences, Inc. is an advanced gene editing company dedicated to improving life (DTIL) with its novel and proprietary ARCUS® genome editing platform that differs from other technologies in the way it cuts, its smaller size, and its simpler structure. Key capabilities and differentiating characteristics may enable ARCUS nucleases to drive more intended, defined therapeutic outcomes. Using ARCUS, the Company’s pipeline is comprised of in vivo gene editing candidates designed to deliver lasting cures for the broadest range of genetic and infectious diseases where no adequate treatments exist. For more information about Precision BioSciences, please visit

The ARCUS® platform is being used to develop in vivo gene editing therapies for sophisticated gene edits, including gene insertion (inserting DNA into gene to cause expression/add function), elimination (removing a genome e.g. viral DNA or mutant mitochondrial DNA), and excision (removing a large portion of a defective gene by delivering two ARCUS nucleases in a single AAV).

Forward-Looking Statements

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All forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this presentation and, except as required by applicable law, we have no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements contained herein, whether as a result of any new information, future events, changed circumstances or otherwise. Precision consults with various presentation speakers and compensates them for their time and expertise.

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