Disease Focus: Other

Personalized antisense oligonucleotide therapy for rare pediatric genetic disease: SCN2A

hPSC-derived enteric ganglioids for cell therapy in gastrointestinal motility disorders

Research Objective The proposed aims will enable the generation, purification and characterization of enteric neurons from diverse hiPSCs and assessment of their efficacy for cell therapy in GI motility disorders. Impact This proposal addresses a significant unmet clinical need for a cell therapy approach for gastrointestinal motility disorders such as Hirschsprung disease, achalasia and gastroparesis. […]

Novel antisense therapy to treat genetic forms of neurodevelopmental disease.

Research Objective We propose to discovery and evaluate antisense gene therapy for specific mutations underlying debilitating or life-threatening neurodevelopmental diseases including epilepsy and autism syndromes. Impact The conditions are four specific neurodevelopmental syndromes where mutations are well suited to ASO therapy. The bottlenecks are current lack of cellular evidence for ASOs to impact disease course. […]

AAV-dCas9 Epigenetic Editing for CDKL5 Deficiency Disorder

Research Objective We propose a gene therapy for the treatment of a severe infantile epilepsy called CDKL5 Deficiency Disorder using CRISPR-mediated epigenetic editing Impact A transformative treatment for females affected by CDKL5 Deficiency Disorder in addition a platform for the approximately 38 other X-linked intellectual disabilities that predominately affect females Major Proposed Activities Validation of […]

Modulation of oral epithelium stem cells by RSpo1 for the prevention and treatment of oral mucositis

Research Objective Locally delivered formulation of RSpo1 protein as an activator of Lgr5+ epithelial stem cells in chemotherapy- or radiation therapy-induced oral mucositis Impact Oral mucositis Major Proposed Activities RSpo1 formulation design and selection for optimal oral delivery Activation of Wnt pathway by formulated RSpo1 in-vitro Production of RSpo1 protein Oral stem cell expansion by […]

Non-Toxic, Highly-Effective Bioinspired Cryoprotectants for On-Demand Stem Cell Therapies

Research Objective An advanced technology is sought to replace the toxic, ineffective and highly processed components in legacy cryopreservation media. This technology is a fundamentally novel non-toxic freezing media. Impact The transport and storage of stem cell therapies is crippled by freezing media with poor cell preservation. Significantly improved freezing media would directly increase therapy […]

Identification of antigenic neo-epitopes from in vitro reprogrammed human tissue precursors for regenerative therapy

Research Objective This study examine potential immunologic changes caused by cellular reprogramming that could present a barrier to clinical application of regenerative therapies. Impact Identification and evaluation of immunologic changes caused by cellular reprogramming provides critical information to maximize the efficacy and safety of regenerative cellualar therapies. Major Proposed Activities Identify changes to the repertoire […]

Novel metabolic labeling method for tracking stem cells to irradiated salivary glands using PET

Research Objective This project aims to develop a sensitive and non-invasive method for tracking stem cells in clinical trial, without the need for genetically engineered reporters or long-lived radioisotopes. Impact The ability to see follow stem cells over time, as they engraft, will make it possible to predict response to stem cell therapy and understand […]

Cell Villages and Clinical Trial in a Dish with Pooled iPSC-CMs for Drug Discovery

Translational Candidate Human stem cells in a dish engineered into heart cells to supplement, refine, reduce, and/or ultimately replace human clinical trials. Area of Impact Increase genetic diversity of preclinical studies in human samples to derisk clinical trials and save time and costs. Mechanism of Action We will have several non-invasive human-derived stem cells collected […]

Neurogenic hydrogel stimulation of stem cells to regenerate radiation-damaged salivary glands

Translational Candidate Ceviginate is a neuromimetic encapsulated in a hydrogel Area of Impact Dry mouth as a result of injury to the salivary glands by radiation therapy for head and neck cancer Mechanism of Action Regenerate damaged salivary gland tissue through neurogenic stimulation of stem cells Unmet Medical Need Current treatment options for dry mouth/xerostomia, […]