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


Reprogramming Somatic Cells into iPSCs Engineered with an Anti-PSCA CAR to Develop Allogeneic Off-the-Shelf Cell Therapy to Treat Pancreatic Cancer

Research Objective Our candidate product PSCA-CAR_s15 uiNK is derived from transduction of iPSCs selected from the most ideal source and episomally reprogrammed from mature NK cells or CD34+ cells. Impact Cell Functionality and Quality; Scale up and Manufacture Major Proposed Activities Development and characterization of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) via somatic cell reprogramming of […]

Excitatory spinal interneurons from human pluripotent stem cells to treat spinal cord injury

Research Objective The primary objective of this research is to test whether excitatory human V2a spinal interneurons engineered from PSCs can repair the damaged spinal cord and restore motor function. Impact Currently no existing therapies are capable of repairing the injured spinal cord. Our therapeutic cell candidate – human ‘V2a’ spinal interneurons – could address […]

Reversal of dysregulated myelopoiesis in breast cancers and cancer stem cells to boost antitumor immunotherapy

Research Objective A new antiestrogen drug will be developed to stop breast cancer (BC) by direct effects on BC cells including stem cells and indirect action on specific procancer immune cells that surround the cancer. Impact Substantial numbers of patients with localized breast cancer (BC) and essentially all patients with advanced BC become resistant to […]

Vax-CT to promote formation of cancer-specific T memory stem cell for personalized cancer immunotherapy

Research Objective A vaccine booster to induce antigen-specific T memory stem cells that will help enhance the long-term immunity against cancer recurrence Impact Cancer recurrence presents an unmet medical need. Cancer vaccines are promising, but often lack a long-term protection. We will induce T memory stem cells (TMSCs) to boost the long-term immunity. Major Proposed […]

Drug Discovery for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Using Patient-Derived Human iPSCs

Research Objective We will utilize human induced pluripotent stem cells derived from Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) patients for drug testing and drug discovery for this rare genetic disease. Impact Diverse iPSC lines that recapitulate patient phenotypes will supplement preclinical studies to de-risk clinical trials while identifying a therapeutic target for DMD-associated cardiomyopathy. Major Proposed Activities […]

In Utero Treatment of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy with Non-viral Gene Editing

Research Objective To develop a lipid nanoparticle/mRNA complex that can safely and efficiently edit muscle stem cells in utero, correct the dystrophin mutation, and develop a treatment for Duchenne muscular dystrophy Impact If successful, we will have developed an effective and low-cost treatment for Duchenne muscular dystrophy and a robust method to safely and efficiently […]

A Treatment for Artemis-deficient Severe Combined Immunodeficiency using Non-Viral CRISPR-driven Safe Harbor Transgenesis in Hematopoietic Stem Cells

Research Objective A Treatment for Artemis-deficient Severe Combined Immunodeficiency using Non-Viral CRISPR-driven Safe Harbor Transgenesis in Hematopoietic Stem Cells Impact We aim to develop a novel genome editing based therapy for Artemis-deficient severe combined immunodeficiency that would improve upon prior gene therapies in efficacy, safety, and scalability. Major Proposed Activities Discover optimal approach for nonviral […]

Pharmacological regenerative treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis targeting the senescent niche of lung progenitor cells.

Research Objective Novel selective pharmacological strategy targeting senescent lung stem cells Impact Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis along with other interstitial and age-related lung diseases Major Proposed Activities Chracterize senescence cells, including senescent stem and progenitor cells in the lung of patients affected by idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis Screening of a Rubedo Life Science library of senolytic small […]

Development of novel small molecules against cancer stem cells in solid cancers

Research Objective To study and optimize lead compounds with multi-kinase activity against existing glioma stem cells and radiation-induced phenotype conversion of non-stem glioma cells into induced glioma stem cells. Impact Glioblastoma is a universally deadly disease. While radiotherapy prolongs survival in glioblastoma it has hit a critical barrier. The proposed study aims to improve the […]

Gene Therapy for SLC6A8 Creatine Transporter Disorder

Research Objective The objective is to define a final therapeutic candidate for an effective gene therapy for mutations of the creatine transporter SLC6A8, a major cause of X-linked intellectual disability (ID). Impact This disorder results in severe ID, autistic-like behavior, seizures, & lack or delay of speech with no treatment. Improving brain transduction is essential […]