This week, we entered a new era of medicine. Intellia Therapeutics, the company I lead, announced the first clinical data in history suggesting that we can harness the genome editing technology CRISPR to precisely edit target cells within the body to treat — and potentially cure — a genetic disease.
The year was 2000, and I was part of an advance crew scouring different parts of Africa in search of regions where we could – realistically – make Abbott’s HIV treatments readily available. I will never forget how village elders were left to care for their grandchildren. These kids’ parents, a whole generation of middle-aged adults, had died from HIV/AIDS.