Derivation of New iPS Cell Lines and Development of a Novel Stem Cell Platform for Parkinson's Research and Therapeutic Applications

Funding Type: 
New Cell Lines
Grant Number: 
ICOC Funds Committed: 
Public Abstract: 

Stem cells are unique in their ability transform into many different cell types. This has great potential value in the discovery of new drugs and therapies for many diseases. The creation of stem cells types (or lines) with specific genetic makeup that predisposes, or leads to disease, is an essential tool for the development of therapies for heritable diseases. It is also important to study stem cells representing a diversity of genetic backgrounds, since different patients respond differently to a given therapy.

Unfortunately, growing stem cells and transforming them into different cell types is a slow and sensitive procedure, which slows the pace of stem cell research. Better technology is needed to carefully control the environment in which the cells grow, and to continuously monitor the changes in cells that occur during growth, or when exposed to various chemicals or drugs. To address these needs{REDACTED}, in collaboration with the Center for Regenerative Medicine at the {REDACTED}and {REDACTED}, proposes to develop a new research tool and apply it to create new stem cell lines for Parkinson’s research.
In keeping with the intent of the CIRM program, the goals of this project are to:
a) Create Parkinson’s disease-specific stem cell lines

b) Develop a standard research platform for performing stem cell research

c) Demonstrate the utility of the approach for Parkinson’s Research

d) Disseminate the technology to the general stem cell research community to accelerate the pace of therapeutic breakthroughs for various diseases

With the largest population in the US, California has millions of citizens that can potentially benefit from advances in stem cell research.

Statement of Benefit to California: 

{REDACTED} is developing a complete stem cell research system to serve as the standard platform to facilitate and accelerate the pace of stem cell-based drug discovery and therapeutic breakthroughs. In particular, the proposed project will apply this technology to Parkinson’s research. With the largest population in the US, California has millions of citizens that can potentially benefit from advances in stem cell research.

As a California-based biotechnology company, {REDACTED} has regional access to, and close relationships with, the institutes that form the core of the nation’s stem cell research community. Thus, CIRM funds will be efficiently leveraged as {REDACTED} will be able to support and interact closely with collaborators (specifically the Center for Regenerative Medicine at {REDACTED}. This interaction will enable these researchers to more quickly adopt this cutting-edge technology to achieve their research goals faster, and more cost-effectively.

In addition to the potential public health benefits for the citizens of California, this funding could generate tens of millions in tax revenues for the state. Experts estimate that the total market for stem cell research products will reach $10B over the next ten years. CIRM funding to enhance the {REDACTED} system and demonstrate its utility on the proposed Parkinson’s application will enable {REDACTED} to establish {REDACTED}as the standard platform for stem cell research. As a California-based company, {REDACTED}’s successful commercialization of the {REDACTED} system will translate directly into increased tax revenues for the state.