Project Objective: Pre-IND/IDE or Equivalent


Placental Derived Natural Killer Cells to Target Solid Tumor Cancer Stem Cells (CSC)

Translational Candidate Placental-derived stem cells becoming a unique NK-like cell Area of Impact solid tissue cancers Mechanism of Action These expanded cells share many characteristics as NK cells but appear to represent a unique stage in differentiation and a cell-type with advantageous properties. These cells have been demonstrated to persist for much longer periods of […]

Personalized Cell Therapy for Diabetes

Translational Candidate Preclinical studies will develop patient specific stem cell-derived islets that secrete insulin & other islet hormones for regulation of blood sugar Area of Impact Genetically matched stem cell derived islets could provide treatment for diabetes without the need for immunosuppression or implantable devices. Mechanism of Action The stem cell-derived islets contain insulin-producing pancreatic […]

Personalized Cell Therapy for Diabetes

Translational Candidate Preclinical studies will develop patient specific stem cell-derived islets that secrete insulin & other islet hormones for regulation of blood sugar Area of Impact Genetically matched stem cell derived islets could provide treatment for diabetes without the need for immunosuppression or implantable devices. Mechanism of Action The stem cell-derived islets contain insulin-producing pancreatic […]

Human Embryonic Stem Cell-Derived Neural Stem Cell Transplants in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

Translational Candidate Spinal cord injections of human embryonic stem cell (hESC)-derived allogeneic neural stem cells (heNSCs) for treatment of ALS Area of Impact Treatment of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Mechanism of Action Although the exact molecular mechanism of action is unknown, extensive research supports the concept that the behavior of defective astrocytes is key to […]

Stem Cell-Based iNKT Cell Therapy for Cancer

Translational Candidate Lenti/iNKT-sr39TK Modified Autologous Human CD34+ Hematopoietic Stem Cells (HSCs) Area of Impact The targeted area of impact for the candidate is cancer therapy, in particular cancers that are lacking existing effective treatments. Mechanism of Action The proposed candidate will generate therapeutic levels of invariant natural killer T (iNKT) cells in cancer patients, helping […]

Process development for establishing an iPSC-based therapeutic candidate for Canavan disease

Translational Candidate Genetically-corrected patient iPSC-derived neural progenitor cells, which have demonstrated efficacy to correct disease phenotype in a CD mouse model. Area of Impact This candidate has the potential to develop into a therapy for Canavan disease, a fatal neurological disease that has no cure or standard treatment. Mechanism of Action The proposed candidate is […]

2nd Generation Vaccine for the Treatment of Glioblastoma

Translational Candidate It is the peptide LEEKKYNYVVVTDHC conjugated to KLH and used as an anti-cancer vaccine. Area of Impact This is a better optimized, more robust vaccine that aspires to greatly improve glioblastoma patient survival over the current vaccine. Mechanism of Action The vaccine stimulates B cell and T cells. We have found this may […]

Overexpression of HexA/HexB by lentivector expression in blood cells to treat Tay-Sachs and Sandhoff disease

Translational Candidate Autologous hematopoietic stem cells transduced with a lentiviral vector expressing wild type human HexA and HexB. Area of Impact The therapeutic candidate would halt disease progression in Tay-Sachs and Sandhoff disease patients who have no curative or ameliorating treatment. Mechanism of Action Wild type HexA and HexB will be delivered to affected neurons […]

ASCENT- Advanced Stem Cell Enteric Neuropathy Therapy

Translational Candidate ASCENT – Advanced Superdonor Cellular Enteric Neuropathy Therapy, is a donor progenitor cell population that replaces the enteric nervous system. Area of Impact ASCENT would treat enteric neuropathies including Hirschsprung disease and total intestinal aganglionosis which currently have no direct therapy Mechanism of Action Our goal is to develop an allogeneic “off the […]

Development of a Chondrogenic Drug Candidate Targeting Cartilage-residing Mesenchymal Stem Cells for the Treatment of Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most prevalent musculoskeletal disease affecting nearly 27 million people in the United States, and is the leading cause of chronic disability in the United States. Current therapeutic options are limited to pain or symptom-modifying drugs and joint replacement surgery; no disease-modifying drugs are approved for clinical use. OA is characterized by […]