Human Stem Cell Use: Adult or Tissue Stem Cell

Targeting stromal progenitors to prevent the development of heart failure

Translational Candidate Monoclonal antibody targeting Ectonucleotide phosphodiesterase/pyrophosphatase 1 (ENPP1) Area of Impact Heart disease: To prevent the development of heart failure after heart attacks Mechanism of Action After myocardial infarction, myofibroblast progenitors express ENPP1. ENPP1 is a type II transmembrane protein that hydrolyzes extracellular ATP and hydrolytic products generated by ENPP1 initiate an inflammatory cascade […]

CAR-Tnm cell therapy for melanoma targeting TYRP-1

Translational Candidate Autologous naive/memory progenitor T cells genetically modified to express a chimeric antigen receptor targeting the Tyrosinase-related protein 1 Area of Impact Patient with melanoma, without response or with relapse after immune checkpoint blockade therapy and patients with rare melanoma subtypes. Mechanism of Action T cells genetically modified to express the 20D7SL CAR detect […]

HSC-Engineered Off-The-Shelf CAR-iNKT Cell Therapy for Multiple Myeloma

Translational Candidate stem cell-based off-the-shelf CAR-iNKT cells Area of Impact multiple myeloma (MM) Mechanism of Action The proposed therapeutic candidate can directly kill MM tumor cells. Unmet Medical Need MM remains an incurable disease, with a high relapse rate. The proposed therapeutic candidate can offer a new treatment opportunity for a broad base of MM […]

Human Neural Stem Cells (hNSCs) for neuroprotection in perinatal hypoxic-ischemic brain injury (HII)-Pre-IND-enabling Studies

Translational Candidate An established stable human neural stem cell line unmanipulated genetically & propagated under defined conditions Area of Impact Perinatal asphyxia (also called hypoxic-ischemic injury), a major untreatable cause of cerebral palsy & cognitive disability Mechanism of Action hNSCs rescue the penumbra, the part of the brain lesion following perinatal asphyxia that still has […]

BCMA/CS1 Bispecific CAR-T Cell Therapy to Prevent Antigen Escape in Multiple Myeloma

Translational Candidate A single-chain bispecific chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) targeting BCMA and CS1 will be used to in autologous T-cell therapy for multiple myeloma. Area of Impact Translational candidate will enable treatment of patients with heterogeneous or BCMA– multiple myeloma and prevent cancer relapse due to antigen loss. Mechanism of Action BCMA and CS1 are […]

Neural Stem cell-mediated oncolytic immunotherapy for ovarian cancer

Translational Candidate A clinically tested tumor-tropic neural stem cell (NSC) platform for effective distribution of oncolytic virotherapy to ovarian cancer metastases Area of Impact This NSC-delivered virotherapy approach will lead to a more efficacious, less toxic treatment for metastatic ovarian cancer and chemoresistent cells. Mechanism of Action CRAd-S-pk7 is a tumor specific replication-competent adenovirus driven […]

Ex Vivo Gene Editing of Human Hematopoietic Stem Cells for the Treatment of X-Linked Hyper-IgM Syndrome

Translational Candidate Human hematopoietic stem cells that have been gene-corrected at the CD40L gene to treat patients with X-Linked Hyper-IgM Syndrome Area of Impact These studies will bring stem cell gene therapy for XHIM closer to the clinic especially those without an HLA match or infections too severe for HSCT. Mechanism of Action The CRISPR/Cas9 […]

NeuBright, a purified allogeneic cell therapy product for treatment of Dry Age-related Macular Degeneration

Translational Candidate NeuBright is an allogeneic cryopreserved neural stem cell therapy product Area of Impact Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Mechanism of Action Similar to RPE cells, NeuBright cells restore phagocytic function to the retina, secrete anti-inflammatory and trophic factors (VEGF and BDNF), maintain retinal integrity and prevent vision decline. Cells migrate radially from transplant […]

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 […]

Injectable pro-regenerative scaffold for treating symptomatic peripheral artery disease

Translational Candidate Injectable biomaterial derived from the natural scaffolding of porcine muscle Area of Impact Improving the quality of life of patients with symptomatic peripheral artery disease. Mechanism of Action The proposed mechanism of action is through recruitment of blood vessels and recruitment and differentiation of muscle stem cells. The injected material forms a new […]