Human Stem Cell Use: Adult or Tissue Stem Cell


Combating Ovarian Cancer Using Stem Cell-Engineered Off-The-Shelf CAR-iNKT Cells

Research Objective HSC-engineered allogeneic mesothelin-targeting CAR-iNKT (AlloMCAR-iNKT) cells Impact treatment of ovarian cancer Major Proposed Activities Milestone 1. Production of the AlloMCAR-iNKT cells Milestone 2. Characterization of the AlloMCAR-iNKT cells Milestone 3. Delivery of the new therapeutic candidate Ovarian cancer (OC) is the leading cause of death among women with gynecological malignancies. In the USA, […]

Therapeutics to overcome the differentiation roadblock in Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS)

Research Objective This proposal will deliver a small molecule therapeutic candidate for the treatment of Myelodysplastic Syndromes and will act by inducing differentiation on mutated hematopoietic stem cells. Impact This application will enable development of a therapeutic candidate for the treatment of Myelodysplastic Syndromes, a preneoplastic hematological condition of HSCs. Major Proposed Activities Determine the […]

Defining the Optimal Gene Therapy Approach of Human Hematopoietic Stem Cells for the Treatment of Dedicator of Cytokinesis 8 (DOCK8) Deficiency

Research Objective A new therapeutic option for DOCK8 deficiency using autologous human hematopoietic stem cells modified through either lentiviral gene addition or CRISPR/Cas9 based gene editing. Impact Allogeneic HSCT is complicated by comorbidities that can be addressed by autologous stem cell gene therapy. This is relevant for DOCK8 deficiency and can be applied broadly to […]

Hematopoietic Stem Cell Gene Therapy for Alpha Thalassemia

Research Objective The objective of this research is to define the final therapeutic candidate for effective hematopoietic stem cell gene therapy to treat severe alpha thalassemia that requires life-ling transfusions Impact Severe alpha thalassemia may lead to fetal demise or a life-long need for chronic transfusions with multiple medical complications, especially iron overload from transfusions. […]

Targeted Immunotherapy-Based Blood Stem Cell Transplantation

Research Objective An engineered antibody construct that targets and recruits immune cells to kill diseased blood stem cells, including leukemia stem cells, so that healthy stem cells can replace the diseased ones Impact An antibody that can direct immune cells to kill diseased stem cells would make stem cell transplant safer, more accessible and effective […]

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 […]

Development of a novel stem-cell based carrier for intravenous delivery of oncolytic viruses

Research Objective Develop a stem cell-based platform that safely and efficiently delivers viruses that specifically kill tumor cells and restore immune activity in patients with advanced cancer. Impact Overcome the inherent limitations that prevent efficient intravenous delivery of tumor killing viruses to metastatic tumors. Major Proposed Activities Compare the relative efficacy of native or cargocyte-delivered […]

Preclinical development of an exhaustion-resistant CAR-T stem cell for cancer immunotherapy

Research Objective The expected outcome is an exhaustion-resistant CAR-T cell, which persists long-term in a functional progenitor T cell state in the tumor microenvironment and can be used for cancer immunotherapy. Impact CAR-T cells are effective in B cell cancer, but less than 50% of patients experience long-term disease control. Exhaustion-resistant CARs may provide long-term […]

Matrix Assisted Cell Transplantation of Promyogenic Fibroadipogenic Progenitor (FAP) Stem Cells

Research Objective We seek to develop a cell based-hydrogel therapy to improve outcomes in patients with muscle degeneration. The technology will improve muscle through sustained release of cell-based cytokines. Impact While designed for rotator cuff injuries based on the model, low back pain and spinal degeneration as well as traumatic muscle loss would be well […]

A Novel Therapy for Articular Cartilage Autologous Cellular Repair by Paste Grafting

Research Objective Articular paste graft containing MSCs and an adhesive hydrogel that support cartilage growth will be combined for an effective and functional stem cell based cartilage repair procedure. Impact The proposed biologic cartilage repair therapy results in accessibility of an effective, low cost, one-step and functional biologic solution to those with cartilage injuries and […]