Stage of Program: Candidate Discovery (DISC2, some 1.0 projects)


Immunotherapy for HIV infection using engineered hematopoietic stem/progenitor cells

Research Objective The therapeutic candidate proposed here is hematopoietic stem/progenitor cells engineered to encode for HIV-specific T cell receptors. Impact The success of the proposed studies will test the efficacy of an approach to provide long-lasting functional cure for HIV infection, obviating the need for anti-retroviral therapy. Major Proposed Activities Test if engineered hematopoietic stem/progenitor […]

Use of Human iPSC-derived Endothelial Cells for Calcific Aortic Valve Disease Therapeutics

Research Objective To develop drugs to treat Calcific Aortic Valve Disease (CAVD), the third leading cause of adult heart disease, by screening a stem cell-based platform based on CAVD patient-derived stem cells. Impact CAVD represents a major unmet medical need, with no treatments other than valve replacement. We will identify drugs, already proven to be […]

Autologous cell therapy for Parkinson’s disease using iPSC-derived DA neurons

Research Objective Autologous human dopaminergic neurons derived from patient-specific induced pluripotent stem cells Impact Parkinson's disease Major Proposed Activities Characterize differentiation from all 10 patient cell lines Characterize functionality of patient neurons matured in vitro Immunogenicity assessment Cryopreservation feasibility testing Investigate dose response in vivo Detect dopamine release in vivo Thousands of Californians suffer from […]

MSC delivery of an artificial transcription factor to the brain as a treatment for Angelman Syndrome

Research Objective Mesenchymal stem cells will be used to deliver an artificial transcription factor to neurons in the brain to treat a genetic disease. Impact It could lead directly to a treatment for Angelman Syndrome, but the approach could be used to alter gene expression in almost any brain disorder. It could overcome the brain […]

Scalable, Defined Production of Oligodendrocyte Precursor Cells to Treat Neural Disease and Injury

Research Objective The goal of this proposal is to develop an optimized, scalable process to manufacture high quality oligodendrocyte precursor cells (OPCs) from human pluripotent stem cells for treating human disease. Impact OPCs have therapeutic potential for spinal cord injury, restoration of cognitive function after cancer radiation therapy, inherited demyelinating disease, and potentially multiple sclerosis. […]

Novel Rejuvenated T Cell Immunotherapy for Lung Cancer

Research Objective Through this project, we would like to evaluate how this T-iPSC-based immunotherapy that we have developed can eliminate lung cancer cells effectively in vivo using xenografted SCID mice. Impact This novel T-iPSC-based immunotherapy will provide another effective treatment for lung cancer and possible other malignancies by supplying unlimited number of young and active […]

CRISPR/Cas9 nanoparticle enabled therapy for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy in muscle stem cells

Research Objective Gene correction of muscle stem cells Impact These studies will develop a gene editing based therapy for one of the most prevalent lethal childhood disorders called Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Major Proposed Activities To identify the best MSNP-CRISPR candidates for CRISPR/Cas9 plasmid delivery in vitro to muscle stem cells To identify the best MSNP-STEM […]

A new phenotypic screening platform that identifies biologically-relevant targets and lead compounds for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease

Research Objective Demonstrate that our HitFinder™ library can be screened for phenotypic changes in A53T-IPSC-derived dopaminergic neurons and use a secondary handle to identify the targets responsible. Impact This technology combines phenotypic screening and target-ID eliminating the need to bias assays and/or screening libraries permitting application directly in iPSC-derived cells. Major Proposed Activities Prepare screening […]

Bone Marrow Targeting of Hematopoietic Stem Cells Engineered to Overexpress 25-OH-VD3 1-α-hydroxylase for Acute Myeloid Leukemia Therapy

Research Objective We propose a new approach to differentiation therapy for acute myeloid leukemia by producing local level of high-dose vitamin D in bone marrow via cell therapy with engineered hematopoietic stem cells Impact If proven successful, the proposed research can serve as a major breakthrough in the treatment of multiple subtypes of AML and […]

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 […]