Disease Focus: Epidermolysis Bullosa

A universally applicable skin sheet for Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa via next-generation gene editing, iPS cell technology and tissue engineering

Research Objective We will develop a cell therapy for a rare skin disease. Patient-derived iPS cells will be genetically corrected and differentiated into epithelial sheets to be grafted on skin wounds. Impact In this proposal we will develop a universal genetic correction strategy for all COL7A1 which will be a prerequisite for the commercial viability […]

DEBCT: Genetically Corrected, Induced Pluripotent Cell-Derived Epithelial Sheets for Definitive Treatment of Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa

Translational Candidate DEBCT is an autologous iPS-derived COL7A1-corrected keratinocyte graft indicated for the treatment of all chronic open wounds in patients with RDEB. Area of Impact RDEB patients lack type VII collagen and have chronic wounds that lack an abundance of keratinocyte stem cells. DEBCT skin grafts will close wounds. Mechanism of Action RDEB patient […]

iPS Cell-Based Treatment of Dominant Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa

Genetic skin diseases constitute a diverse group of several hundred diseases that affect up to 2% of the population and include common disease such as psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, and wound healing. Patients with one genetic disease, dystrophic Epidermolysis bullosa (EB), lack a normal collagen VII (COL7A1) gene and suffer from debilitating blistering and scarring that […]