Project Objective: Development Candidate


Targeted off-the-shelf immunotherapy to treat refractory cancers

Research Objective This project will use human pluripotent stem cells to produce a standardized, off-the-shelf immunotherapy using novel immune cells that are specifically targeted to cure otherwise lethal cancers. Impact Unlike current immunotherapies produced on a patient-specific basis, iPSC-derived immune cells are targeted to tumors with high specificity, no off-target effects and without need for […]

CRISPR/dCas9 mutant targeting SNCA promoter for downregulation of alpha-synuclein expression as a novel therapeutic approach for Parkinson’s disease

Research Objective Discovery of a novel therapeutic candidate for Parkinson’s disease which modifies gene expression using human stem cell-derived neurons to halt the neurodegenerative disease process. Impact Stopping the neurodegenerative process of Parkinson’s disease is a critical unmet medical need. Our approach is based on novel gene engineering technology that modifies expression of key target […]

hNSC-mediated delivery of ApiCCT1 as a candidate therapeutic for Huntington’s disease

Research Objective The therapeutic candidate is a human Neural Stem Cell that secretes a protein, ApiCCT1, that aids in the prevention of disease phenotypes, for application in treatment of Huntington's disease (HD). Impact No treatment currently exists that can slow or prevent the unrelenting progression of Huntington’s disease, a devastating brain disease, therefore a completely […]

Preclinical development of human hepatocyte progenitor cells for cell therapy

Research Objective Determine if human hepatocyte progenitor cells, which exist in the normal adult liver, can be maintained and expanded in vitro while maintaining in vivo regenerative capacity. Impact Cell transplantation therapy can be an effective alternative treatment for severe liver diseases to liver transplantation, which is severely limited by the lack of available donor […]

GENE EDITING FOR FOXP3 IN HUMAN HSC

Research Objective CRISPR/Cas9 mediated FOXP3 gene editing in patient-derived hematopoietic stem cells as a cure for IPEX syndrome Impact FOXP3 mutation in IPEX syndrome leads to immune system dysregulation. Allogeneic HSCT, the only available treatment, has very poor outcomes including GvHD and low immune reconstitution. Major Proposed Activities Demonstrate specificity of targeted insertion of FOXP3 […]

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 […]

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 […]