Project Objective: Pre-IND/IDE or Equivalent

Extracellular Vesicle-Based Therapy for Corneal Scars

Translational Candidate Extracellular vesicles derived from stem cells for the treatment of corneal scars. Area of Impact The candidate aims to restoring vision by reducing the need for corneal transplant and the associated blinding complications. Mechanism of Action The therapeutic candidate is an extracellular vesicle (EV)-based therapy that could regenerate normal cornea tissue and reduce […]

Telomerase mRNA for short telomere related pulmonary fibrosis

Translational Candidate Nucleoside-modified mRNA encoding telomerase reverse transcriptase (TERT) encapsulated in a lung-targeting lipid nanoparticle delivered intravenously. Area of Impact 1) Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) and 2) Other diseases and conditions caused or exacerbated by short telomeres. Mechanism of Action TERT mRNA LNPs transiently extend the telomeres of the alveolar epithelial cells of the lung, […]

Novel T cell receptor-STEM T cell immunotherapy in lung cancer

Translational Candidate HLA-A*02 restricted CT83 antigen-specific T cell receptor-engineered T cell cells (CT83TCR-STEM T cells for short). Area of Impact Metastatic lung cancer patients who fail to respond to immune checkpoint therapy or prior treatment Mechanism of Action Despite the impressive clinical response to immune checkpoint inhibitors, the majority of lung cancer patients fail to […]

Enhanced Autologous Pancreatic Islet Transplantation and Survival for Diabetes Mellitus Therapy

Translational Candidate 'Pseudoislets' derive from human islets, but compared to islets have superior survival, function, and diabetes reversal after transplantation. Area of Impact Pseudoislets could transform islet replacement strategies in diabetes by increasing the number and durable function of transplanted islet cells. Mechanism of Action Transplantation of replacement human islet cells is approved in type […]

Escape-Resistant Oligonucleotide Therapy (ONT) for Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Disease in Hematopoietic Stem-Cell and Solid-Organ Transplant Patients

Translational Candidate Cytomegalovirus antiviral FD-86: DNA Oligonucleotide Therapy Area of Impact HSCT transplant rejection and childhood cognitive and hearing impairment caused by Cytomegalovirus Mechanism of Action The candidate oligonucleotide therapy, FD-86 disrupts viral IE feedback circuitry and breaks homeostatic control of cytotoxic IE proteins inducing apoptosis only in infected cells. Unmet Medical Need Treatment-resistant CMV […]

Specific Targeting Hypoxia Metastatic Breast Tumor with Allogeneic Off-the-Shelf Anti-EGFR CAR NK Cells Expressing an ODD domain of HIF-1α

Translational Candidate EGFR-CAR_sIL15 NK cells derived from CD34(+) umbilical cord blood hematopoietic stem cells Area of Impact patients with metastatic breast cancer, especially HER2-low breast cancer Mechanism of Action EGFR-CAR_sIL15 NK cells are umbilical cord blood-derived CD34+ HSCs that are engineered to target EGFR and express soluble IL-15, and then are differentiated into NK cells. […]

Development of a Gene Therapy for the Treatment of Pitt Hopkins Syndrome (PHS) – Translating from Animal Proof of Concept to Support Pre-IND Meeting

Translational Candidate MZ-1866 is a recombinant AAV9 based gene therapy containing the transgene encoding Transcription Factor 4 (TCF4) Area of Impact Pitt Hopkins Syndrome is a rare genetic neurological disease which causes profound disability and severe health impact Mechanism of Action Patients with Pitt Hopkins Syndrome have heterozygous mutations in the Transcription Factor 4 (TCF4) […]

Overcoming resistance to standard CD19-targeted CAR T using a novel triple antigen targeted vector

Translational Candidate A tri-specific chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell product that will prevent relapse since targets 3 different tumor antigens Area of Impact Relapse associated with single or double antigen-targeted CAR T cells Mechanism of Action By being able to target 3 different tumor antigens simultaneously on a single CAR product, there is much […]

CRISPR/Cas9-mediated gene editing of Hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells for Friedreich’s ataxia

Translational Candidate Autologous human CD34+ HSPC of patients with Friedreich’s ataxia, modified ex vivo using CRISPR/Cas9 to remove the GAA expansion mutation in frataxin Area of Impact Friedreich’s ataxia (FRDA) for which there is no effective treatment available Mechanism of Action The proposed therapy intervention is intended to impact the target indication of Friedreich's ataxia […]

Next generation affinity-tuned CAR for prostate cancer

Translational Candidate A next generation cell therapy product that targets prostate cancer cells Area of Impact Prostate cancer Mechanism of Action The therapeutic candidate when expressed on the surface of immune cells allow them to binds to a protein that is overexpressed on the prostate cancer cells and kills them. Unmet Medical Need Prostate cancer […]