Disease Focus: Vision Loss


Safety and Feasibility of Cultivated Autologous Limbal Stem Cells for Limbal Stem Cell Deficiency

Therapeutic Candidate or Device Autologous cultivated limbal stem cells (cLSC) Indication Limbal stem cell deficiency Therapeutic Mechanism Restoration of a normal corneal surface using cLSC might be achieved by replenishing the LSC population and/or providing trophic factors to stimulate residual LSCs. Unmet Medical Need Therapy using cultivated LSC, which achieves the best clinical outcomes is […]

Clinical Study to Assess Safety and Efficacy of Subretinal Injection of Human Neural Progenitor Cells for Treatment of Retinitis Pigmentosa

Therapeutic Candidate or Device CNS10-NPC – a human neural progenitor cell line Indication Retinitis Pigmentosa Therapeutic Mechanism 1. Phagocytosis of photoreceptor outer segment debris. 2. The release of pro-survival factors that have localized diffusion to inhibit retinal photoreceptor cell death. 3. Immunomodulation resulting in markedly fewer host inflammatory cells at the site of CNS10-NPC engraftment […]

A Phase 2 Study of the Safety of Repeat Intravitreal Injection of Human Retinal Progenitor Cells (jCell) in Adult Subjects with Retinitis Pigmentosa

Therapeutic Candidate or Device Allogeneic human retinal progenitor cells (hRPC) Indication Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) Therapeutic Mechanism The cells are intended to remain suspended in the vitreous cavity of the eye and exert a beneficial neurotrophic effect on the degenerating retina. Unmet Medical Need RP is an incurable orphan disease. There are no treatments currently available […]

Phase 2b Clinical Study of Safety and Efficacy of Intravitreal Injection of Retinal Progenitor Cells (jCell) for Treatment of Retinitis Pigmentosa

Therapeutic Candidate or Device Allogeneic human retinal progenitor cells (hRPC) Indication Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) Therapeutic Mechanism The cells are intended to remain suspended in the vitreous cavity of the eye and exert a beneficial neurotrophic effect on the degenerating retina. Unmet Medical Need RP is an incurable orphan disease. There are no treatments currently available […]

Clinical Translation of Autologous Regenerative Pluripotent Stem Cell Therapy for Blindness

Therapeutic Candidate or Device The therapeutic candidate is a patient specific (autologous) induced pluripotent stem cell derived retinal pigment epithelium (AiPSC-RPE) product. Indication AiPSC-RPE cell product will be indicated for the treatment of maculopathies related to RPE atrophy. Therapeutic Mechanism The proposed therapy is an autlogous cell product and intended to be used as a […]

Regeneration of a Normal Corneal Surface by Limbal Stem Cell Therapy

Therapeutic Candidate or Device cultivated patient-specific corneal epithelial stem cells (limblal stem cells, LSC) Indication Corneal blindness from inability to heal due to corneal epithelial stem cell deficiency as a results of injury Therapeutic Mechanism Limbal stem cell deficiency (LSCD) leads to inability to heal. The most desired treatment is to replace the necessary amount […]

IND-enabling study of subretinal delivery of human neural progenitor cells for the treatment of retinitis pigmentosa

Therapeutic Candidate or Device human fetal cortex derived neural progenitor cells (CNS10-NPC) Indication To stabilize disease progression and maintain ocular integrity and vision for RP patients. This approach can be applied to more prevalent AMD. Therapeutic Mechanism A single subretinal injection of Human neural progenitor cells (CNS10-NPC) offers dramatic preservation of vision. CNS10-NPC engraft and […]

Engineered Biomaterials for Scalable Manufacturing and High Viability Implantation of hPSC-Derived Cells to Treat Neurodegenerative Disease

Cell replacement therapies (CRTs) have considerable promise for addressing unmet medical needs, including incurable neurodegerative diseases. However, several bottlenecks hinder CRTs, especially the needs for improved cell manufacturing processes and enhanced cell survival and integration after implantation. Engineering synthetic biomaterials that present biological signals to support cell expansion, differentiation, survival, and/or integration may help overcome […]

Stem cell based treatment strategy for Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

Retinal degeneration represents a group of blinding diseases that are increasingly impacting the health and well being of Californians. It is estimated that by 2020, over 450,000 Californians will suffer from vision loss or blindness due to the age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the most common cause of retinal degeneration diseases in the elderly. AMD is […]

Phase 1 Safety Assessment of CPCB-RPE1, hESC-derived RPE Cell Coated Parylene Membrane Implants, in Patients with Advanced Dry Age Related Macular Degeneration

It is estimated that by 2020, over 450,000 Californians will suffer from vision loss or blindness due to the age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the most common cause of retinal degeneration in the elderly. AMD is a progressive ocular disease of the part of the retina, called the macula, which enables people to read, visualize faces, […]