Project Objective: Development Candidate


Development of an Optogenetic Vision Restoration Gene Therapy Using an Engineered Form of Melanopsin

Research Objective The objective of this research proposal is to develop a lead AAV candidate for an optogenetic vision restoration therapy for patients suffering from blindness due to loss of photoreceptors. Impact Our optogenetic vision restoration AAV gene therapeutic candidate would non-invasively restore sight to patients terminally blinded by photoreceptors loss. Major Proposed Activities Complete […]

Orthogonal IL2 Receptor Transduced Regulatory T Cells for Clinical Application

Research Objective Genetically modified cells that help control immune reactions Impact Improved treatment for patients undergoing transplantation Major Proposed Activities To identify the optimal source of regulatory T cells for introduction of the novel IL2 receptor To test the impact of a novel IL2 protein on activating the regulatory T cells To determine the optimal […]

Developing a breast cancer stem cell drug

Research Objective To make a drug that kills breast cancer stem cells Impact Metastatic breast cancer is incurable. The goal is to make a drug leading to cures Major Proposed Activities Make a novel drug that potentially more effectively treats breast cancer with less toxicity Test the drug for efficacy and toxicity Breast cancer is […]

A First-in-Class Treatment for Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy Via Multimodal Immune System Engineering

Research Objective We propose to discover genome- and epigenome-edited allogeneic T cells engineered to selectively target JCV as a potentially lifesaving treatment for progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML). Impact If successful, we would revolutionize treatment for PML patients in whom T cell immunity cannot be restored or boosted and unable to wait for adoptive transfer of […]

RNA-based therapeutics to augment regulatory T cells: a novel approach to treat myocarditis

Research Objective Use human cell therapy insights, specifically CDC-secreted EV analysis, to develop a noncoding RNA chemical entity for myocarditis treatment. Impact Key knowledge gap is how to recruit adaptive immunity to limit inflammation/heart injury in myocarditis. Boosting regulatory T cells is not yet a viable option. Major Proposed Activities Investigate the mechanism(s) by which […]

Assessing the Functional, Immunologic and Microbiologic Characteristics of Human Livers Created in Chimeric Pigs

Research Objective Generating human liver using pig as a bioreactor Impact The livers produced will be used for transplantation into patients with end-stage liver disease, metabolic disorders, and for metastatic liver disease not amenable to resection Major Proposed Activities MILESTONE 1 TASKS 1) Procure liver from control pig 2) Place on XVIVO Perfusion Device MILESTONE […]

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 […]

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 […]