Disease Focus: Sickle Cell Disease


Transplantation of CRISPR-CAS9 Corrected Hematopoietic Stem Cells (CRISPR_SCD001) in Patients with Severe Sickle Cell Disease

Phase 2 Study of Hematopoietic Stem Cell Gene Transfer Inducing Fetal Hemoglobin in Sickle Cell Disease

Boston Children’s Hospital is conducting a gene therapy clinical trial for sickle cell disease (SCD).  This project is part of an agreement between CIRM and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health, to co-fund cell and gene therapy programs under the NHLBI’s  “Cure Sickle Cell” Initiative.  The […]

A Phase 1 Study of ECT-001 Expanded Cord Blood and Myeloablative Regimen with Reduced Toxicity in Patients with Severe Sickle Cell Disease

Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is an inherited blood disorder caused by a single gene mutation that results in the production of “sickle” shaped red blood cells. It affects an estimated 100,000 people, mostly African American, in the US and can lead to multiple organ damage as well as reduced quality of life and life expectancy.  […]

Treatment of sickle cell disease by induction of mixed chimerism and immune tolerance using CD4+ T-depleted haploidentical blood stem cell transplant

Scientists at the City of Hope are conducting a Phase 1 clinical trial testing a stem cell-based therapy for adult patients with severe sickle cell disease (SCD) – a chronic, debilitating blood disease. The therapy involves transplanting blood-forming stem cells from a donor into a patient who has received a milder, less toxic chemotherapy treatment that removes […]

Clinical Trial of Stem Cell Gene Therapy for Sickle Cell Disease

Sickle cell disease (SCD) is caused by a genetic mutation in the hemoglobin gene which causes red blood cells to “sickle” under conditions of low oxygen. SCD affects 1:500 African-Americans and is also common in Hispanic-Americans. The median survival for patients with SCD is 42 years for males and 48 years for females. A team at UCLA […]

Phase 2 Study of Hematopoietic Stem Cell Gene Transfer Inducing Fetal Hemoglobin in Sickle Cell Disease

Therapeutic Candidate or Device Autologous CD34+ cells transduced ex vivo with the BCH_BB694 LCR(-HS4) bGp D12shmiR lentiviral vector Indication Sickle cell disease with severe phenotype. Therapeutic Mechanism Silencing of beta-sickle globin and induction of anti-sickling fetal hemoglobin Unmet Medical Need Sickle cell is a severe disease with protean manifestations. The only curative therapy is an […]

A Phase 1 Study of ECT-001 Expanded Cord Blood and Myeloablative Regimen with Reduced Toxicity in Patients with Severe Sickle Cell Disease.

Therapeutic Candidate or Device ECT-001 graft contains more stem and immune cells than conventional cord blood graft, leading to prompt recovery and better outcomes for patients. Indication Severe Sickle Cell Disease Therapeutic Mechanism Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation is the only cure for severe sickle cell disease. The ECT-001 expanded cord blood cells will replace the […]

Transplantation of CRISPR-CAS9 Corrected Hematopoietic Stem Cells (CRISPR_SCD001) in Patients with Severe Sickle Cell Disease

Therapeutic Candidate or Device CRISPR corrected blood stem cells are manufactured from persons with severe sickle cell disease and returned by transplant to the same person Indication Persons with sickle cell disease (adults and adolescents) with repeated, severe painful and lung events are eligible for the clinical trial Therapeutic Mechanism Blood stem cells are harvested […]

Development of a Noninvasive Prenatal Test for Beta-Hemoglobinopathies for Earlier Stem Cell Therapeutic Interventions

Translational Candidate An earlier, safer noninvasive prenatal screening test for β-thalassemia and sickle cell disease to identify candidates for prenatal stem cell therapy Area of Impact Our test is safer and can be conducted earlier than the current methods of prenatal testing (e.g. chorionic villous sampling and amniocentesis) Mechanism of Action Our test uses next […]

Development of a Noninvasive Prenatal Test for Beta-Hemoglobinopathies for Earlier Stem Cell Therapeutic Interventions

Translational Candidate An earlier, safer noninvasive prenatal screening test for β-thalassemia and sickle cell disease to identify candidates for prenatal stem cell therapy Area of Impact Our test is safer and can be conducted earlier than the current methods of prenatal testing (e.g. chorionic villous sampling and amniocentesis) Mechanism of Action Our test uses next […]

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