Human Stem Cell Use: Embryonic Stem Cell

An hESC-derived hNSC Therapeutic for Huntington’s Disease

Therapeutic Candidate or Device The therapeutic candidate is a human Neural Stem Cell product to prevent or delay disease symptoms for treatment of Huntington's disease (HD). Indication Huntington’s disease, a progressive, degenerative brain disease, typically strikes in midlife with no disease modifying treatment treatments exist. Therapeutic Mechanism Based on our pre-clinical studies, the human neural […]

Intraparenchymal NR1 Stem Cell Therapy for Chronic Subcortical Ischemic Stroke

Therapeutic Candidate or Device A human embryonic derived, non-genetically modified neural stem cell (NR1), originally derived from the Wi-Cell H-9 line. Indication Patients with chronic motor deficits, from 6 months to 5 years after stroke. NR1 cells will be transplanted into the brain near the stroke. Therapeutic Mechanism The proposed therapeutic mechanism of action of […]

Stem cell-derived islet cell replacement therapy with immunosuppression for high-risk type 1 diabetes

Therapeutic Candidate or Device hESC-derived pancreatic progenitor cells delivered in a device that allows direct vascularization of the cell therapy Indication high-risk type 1 diabetes including "brittle" diabetes and hypoglycemia unawareness Therapeutic Mechanism People with type 1 diabetes have lost their pancreatic cells that make insulin, and therefore have to self-administer insulin. It is very […]

Embryonic Stem Cell-Derived Chondroprogenitor Cells to Repair Osteochondral Defects

Surgical approaches to the treatment of focal cartilage defects can be classified into repair, replacement, and regeneration therapies. Marrow stimulation procedures such as microfracture result in a repair tissue that is predominantly fibrocartilaginous in nature, which is mechanically less durable than articular cartilage and survives on average 7 years before requiring another procedure. Osteochondral grafting […]

A hNSC Development Candidate for Huntington’s Disease

Huntington’s disease (HD) is a devastating degenerative brain disease with at least a 1 in 10,000 prevalence that inevitably leads to death. These numbers do not fully reflect the large societal and familial cost of HD, which requires extensive care-giving. HD has no effective treatment or cure and symptoms unstoppably progress for 15-20 years, with […]

Human Stem-Cell Based Development of a Potent Alzheimer’s Drug Candidate

Over 6 million people in the US suffer from Alzheimer’s disease (AD). There are no drugs that prevent the death of nerve cells in AD, nor has any drug been identified that can stimulate nerve cell replacement in aged human brain. Importantly, even if nerve cells could be replaced, the toxic environment of the AD […]

Clinical Development of a Cell Therapy for Diabetes

We are developing a stem cell-derived replacement cell therapy for insulin-requiring diabetes. Through a process known as directed differentiation, embryonic stem cells are turned into pancreatic cells in the laboratory. The pancreatic cells are loaded into a delivery device, which is essentially a small envelope made with a semi-permeable membrane, not unlike a flat tea […]

Alpha Stem Cell Clinic for the Development of Regenerative Therapies

The proposed alpha clinic will bring together an outstanding team of physician-scientists with substantial clinical trials experience including stem cell and other cellular treatments of blood diseases and others. This team will also draw on our unique regional competitive advantages derived from our history of extensive collaboration with investigators at many nearby first-class research institutions […]

Embryonic stem cell-based generation of rat models for assessing human cellular therapies

Heart failure, diabetes and neurodegenerative diseases are among the leading causes of death and disability worldwide. These diseases are characterized by the loss of specific cell types and can be treated and potentially cured with stem cell-based therapies. Before human stem cells can be used in clinical trials, however, their safety and efficacy need to […]

Technologies to improve in vivo function of transplanted stem cells

Stem cell-based therapy is recognized as a promising therapeutic approach for treating various diseases that are currently intractable. One strategy in regenerative medicine is to transplant stem cells or their differentiated derivatives to regenerate the damaged tissues or halt tissue degeneration. Human embryonic stem cells and human induced pluripotent stem cells having the potential to […]