Gingrich’s latest podcast spotlights Lorraine Cross winners

Dr. Jean Bennett and Dr. Katherine High developed gene therapy for blindness.

By: Sanford Health News .

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Newt Gingrich’s latest “Newt’s World” podcast, released Sunday, talks about the gene therapy research being done by Sanford Health’s Lorraine Cross Award winners, Dr. Jean Bennett and Dr. Katherine High.

The episode, titled “Christian Can See,” spotlights the results of their efforts to discover and apply the first and only approved gene therapy for inherited disease in the U.S. to help deliver a correct copy of a gene that causes a certain form of blindness. You can listen to the podcast here.

Sanford Health awarded the researchers with the inaugural Lorraine Cross Award and $1 million prize in December in Sioux Falls.

The gene therapy company they started in 2013, Spark Therapeutics, announced Monday that it is being acquired by Roche for $4.8 billion.

Find more about the Lorraine Cross Award.