Disease Focus: Blood Cancer


Trial of AB-205 in Adults With Lymphoma Undergoing High-Dose Therapy and Autologous Stem Cell Transplantation

Angiocrine Bioscience Inc. will use genetically engineered cells, derived from cord blood, to see if they can help alleviate or accelerate recovery from the toxic side effects of chemotherapy for people undergoing treatment for lymphoma and other aggressive cancers of the blood or lymph system.

Antiviral Cellular Therapy for Enhancing T-cell Reconstitution Before or After Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation (ACES)

Viral infection can lead to fatal complications in patients with weakened immune systems resulting from chemotherapy, bone marrow or cord blood transplant, and other forms of inherited or acquired disorders. A team at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles is testing the feasibility of providing these immune suppressed patients with engineered T-cells to fight these viruses. […]

Therapeutic Eradication of Cancer Stem Cells with UC-961 (Cirmtuzumab)

Cancer is a leading cause of death in California. Many cancers resist current therapies due to therapy-resistant cancer stem cells (CSCs). Scientists at UCSD have discovered a protein, ROR1, that is present on the surface of CSCs, but not on normal, healthy cells. The team has developed an antibody called cirmtuzumab, that specifically targets and attaches to ROR1. […]

Clinical Investigation of a Humanized Anti-CD47 Antibody in Targeting Cancer Stem Cells in Hematologic Malignancies and Solid Tumors

A team at Stanford University is using a molecule known as an antibody to target cancer stem cells. This antibody can recognize and bind to CD47, a protein the cancer stem cells carry on their cell surface. The cancer cells use that protein to evade the component of our immune system that routinely destroys tumors. By disabling […]

AB-110-001 Phase 1b Trial and Related Activities to Support Clinical Development of AB-110

Angiocrine is developing a cell therapy aimed to improve the availability and engraftment of blood stem cell transplants for cancer patients who have had their cancerous bone marrow removed by chemotherapy. The cell therapy is made of blood stem cells and endothelial cells, which line blood vessels and are thought to improve the engraftment of the […]

Determining how age-specific heterogeneity of human hematopoietic stem cells and megakaryocyte progenitors contribute to thrombotic disease upon aging

Research Objective Our research will determine how aging of human blood stem cells leads to dramatic increases in disorders of platelets, cells that normally prevent bleeding but form harmful clots when dysregulated. Impact Our findings have the potential to inform prevention and mitigation strategies of bleeding and clotting disorders that contribute to significant morbidity and […]

Orthogonal IL2 Receptor Transduced Regulatory T Cells for Clinical Application

Research Objective Genetically modified cells that help control immune reactions Impact Improved treatment for patients undergoing transplantation Major Proposed Activities To identify the optimal source of regulatory T cells for introduction of the novel IL2 receptor To test the impact of a novel IL2 protein on activating the regulatory T cells To determine the optimal […]

Novel methods to eliminate cancer stem cells

Research Objective Our goal is to develop and optimize novel drugs that can attack blood cancer stem cells. These drugs interfere with a target protein, and will prevent relapse of disease. Impact By targeting blood cancer stem cells, these compounds can be used to treat and prevent recurrence of cancer in patients. In the future, […]

Generating deeper and more durable BCMA CAR T cell responses in Multiple Myeloma through non-viral knockin/knockout multiplexed genome engineering

Research Objective We will use integrated gene editing techniques to develop a new CAR-T cell therapy for multiple myeloma treatment Impact Develop an improved CAR-T cell therapy for patients with refractory multiple myeloma and a new manufacturing strategy that circumvents the costs and inefficiencies of viral production. Major Proposed Activities Establish and optimize a CRISPR […]

Targeting Cancer Stem Cells in Hematologic Malignancies

Research Objective We will develop a biotherapeutic/monoclonal antibody that blocks the growth of human AML cancer stem cells in vitro and in vivo. Impact Treatment of the cancer stem cell driven disease Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML) will be impacted. AML is the most common acute leukemia in adults and current treatments are largely ineffective. Major […]

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