Disease Focus: Bone or Cartilage Disease

Noncoding RNA drug TY1 as a therapeutic candidate for scleroderma and systemic sclerosis

Translational Candidate Modified synthetic noncoding RNA molecule Area of Impact Systemic Sclerosis Mechanism of Action The mechanism of action of TY1 is alleviating cell stress and damage through enhancing genes that alleviate cell stress which, in turn, control inflammation and fibrosis in diseases tissue. Unmet Medical Need Systemic sclerosis is an incurable disease with no […]

Therapeutic development of Oxy200, an oxysterol with bone anabolic and anti-resorptive properties for intervention in osteoporosis

Translational Candidate A novel oxysterol with bone anabolic and anti-resorptive activity that will effectively and safely treat osteoporosis better than current options. Area of Impact Osteoporosis that results in bone fractures. Mechanism of Action The proposed candidate will target Mesenchymal Stem Cells in the skeleton to stimulate their differentiation into bone forming osteoblasts that will […]

Pluripotent stem cell-derived chondrocytes for articular cartilage repair

Translational Candidate We propose to develop a universal, off-the-shelf treatment for articular cartilage repair based on pluripotent stem cell (PSC)-derived chondrospheres Area of Impact The proposed therapy could treat the major cartilage lesions present in more than 10% of people under 50; which often result in pain and arthritis Mechanism of Action Untreated cartilage defects […]

An autologous somatic stem cell therapy for the treatment of osteonecrosis

Translational Candidate An autologous somatic stem cell therapy for the treatment of osteonecrosis. Area of Impact Osteonecrosis is a painful, progressive disease for which there is no treatment, save replacing the dead bone with a metal implant. Mechanism of Action Autografts contain skeletal stem cells. In young patients, these stem cells differentiate and give rise […]

2024 Center for Dental, Oral, & Craniofacial Tissue & Organ Regeneration (C-DOCTOR) Annual Spring Conference

2023 Center for Dental, Oral, & Craniofacial Tissue & Organ Regeneration (C-DOCTOR) Annual Spring Conference

A Phase I Open Label Study to Evaluate the Safety and Tolerability of ISP-001 in Patients with Mucopolysaccharidosis Type 1

Therapeutic Candidate or Device B cells will be isolated from patients suffering MPSI. These will be transformed with a normal copy of the gene and re-introduced into the patient Indication Mucopolysaccharidosis I (MPSI) is a rare disease that affects predominantly children. Untreated, these patients typically die by the age of 10. Therapeutic Mechanism The therapeutic […]

A Phase 1b, Randomized, Blinded, Placebo-Controlled Dose-Ranging Study of GNSC-001 Evaluating Safety, Pharmacodynamics, and Biomarkers in Knee OA

Therapeutic Candidate or Device GNSC-001 is an adeno-associated vector (AAV) expressing an optimized form of IL-1Ra, a naturally occurring protein that blocks IL-1 signaling. Indication Osteoarthritis of the knee Therapeutic Mechanism GNSC-001 is an adeno-associated virus (AAV) gene therapy vector that expresses IL-1Ra and confers long-term IL-1 inhibition following a single, local injection into the […]

A Phase I Clinical Trial for a Lentiviral Gene Therapy Targeting the TCIRG1 Gene for Infantile Malignant Osteopetrosis (IMO)

Therapeutic Candidate or Device The therapeutic candidate is an ex-vivo autologous gene therapy approach for Infantile Malignant Osteopetrosis (IMO). Indication The target clinical indication is Infantile Malignant Osteopetrosis (IMO), a pediatric, autosomal recessive rare disease. Therapeutic Mechanism The therapeutic mechanism is based on an ex-vivo, lentiviral-based, patient-specific approach by genetically engineering the patient's own CD34+ […]

Evaluation of the Safety and Tolerability of KA34 in a Phase 1, Double-Blind, Dose Escalation Trial in Patients with Knee Osteoarthritis

Therapeutic Candidate or Device KA34 is an intra-articularly delivered small molecule therapeutic candidate which directs the differentiation of endogenous stem and progenitor cells Indication Osteoarthritis Therapeutic Mechanism KA34 promotes the differentiation of cartilage endogenous stem cells through increased chondrogenic gene expression to generate healthy chondrocytes. KA34 will potentially limit the progression of and / or […]