Therapeutic/Technology: Donor cell therapy


The First Orally Delivered Cell Therapy for the Treatment of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Research Objective The goal of this project is to develop the first ORAL cell therapy as a breakthrough treatment for inflammatory bowel disease [IBD]. Impact We engineered a new way to deliver cells ORALLY instead of by injection. In doing so, we will better reach the inflamed tissues and provide a much-needed new treatment for […]

Develop iPSC-derived microglia to treat progranulin-deficient Frontotemporal Dementia

Research Objective Develop stem cell-based therapy to treat dementia Impact There are no treatments for dementia. If successfully achieved, this study will lead to a cure of a familial
 form of dementia in the elderly population. Major Proposed Activities Develop a robust human stem cell-derived microglial platform for cell-based therapy Determine short-term safety and efficacy […]

Regenerative Thymic Tissues as Curative Cell Therapy for Patients with 22q11 Deletion Syndrome

Research Objective We propose a platform to generate transplantable thymus organoids derived from human pluripotent stem cells designed to treat severe immunodeficiencies in children affected by 22q11 DS Impact Our product could impact 22q11DS and many other pathologies characterized by absence, degeneration or injury of the thymus and resulting in severe immunodeficiencies. Major Proposed Activities […]

Pluripotent stem cell-derived bladder epithelial progenitors for definitive cell replacement therapy of bladder cancer

Research Objective We will 1) identify non-invasive bladder cancer patients with (pre)cancerous urothelium by single-cell RNA-seq and 2) replace this dangerous lesion with normal hESC-derived bladder progenitors. Impact Replacement of corrupted (pre)cancerous urothelium with pluripotent cell-derived normal bladder progenitors will provide a definitive treatment for bladder cancer, expected to eliminate recurrence. Major Proposed Activities To […]

Universal Pluripotent Liver Failure Therapy (UPLiFT)

Research Objective Universal Pluripotent Liver Failure Therapy (UPLiFT) is composed of 2 lines- UPLiFT0 ( from LiPSC-GR1.1) and UPLiFT1 which will be derived from gene edited universal human pluripotent stem cells. Impact In some liver-based metabolic diseases, replacement of 5-10% of the liver mass may salvage the patient. Transplantation of hepatic progenitors from universal donor […]

Generation and in vitro profiling of neural stem cell lines to predict in vivo efficacy for chronic cervical spinal cord injury.

Research Objective This project generates new cGMP compliant tissue educated human neural stem cell lines, paired with in vivo pre-clinical proof of concept testing, and development of a predictive in vitro profile. Impact Identification of new cell lines with in vivo efficacy testing to enable efficient translation to chronic cervical spinal cord injury, an area […]

iPS Glial Therapy for White Matter Stroke and Vascular Dementia

Research Objective This cell line will target recovery in ischemic white disease, a progressive dementing condition with no current therapy by developing a new stem line, iPS-glial enriched progenitors (iPS-GEPs). Impact This cell line will target tissue repair and recovery in ischemic white disease/vascular dementia, a chronically progressive and dementing condition with no current therapy. […]

Towards hepatocyte cell replacement therapy: developing a renewable source of human hepatocytes from pluripotent stem cells

Research Objective To develop a consistent and abundant source of transplantable human hepatocytes for transplantation. Impact Developing an abundant and consistent source of human hepatocytes that can be used to treat patients with liver failure. Major Proposed Activities To determine the degree by which human pluripotent stem cell (hPSC)-derived hepatocytes engraft and restore liver function […]

Neural Stem Cell Relays for Severe Spinal Cord Injury

Research Objective We propose to utilize human neural stem cells to form neuronal relays across sites of severe SCI, restoring function across the site of spinal cord injury. Impact We will develop a specific type of neural stem cell that is best suited for repairing the injured spinal cord. Major Proposed Activities In Vitro Assessment […]

Development of a Cellular Therapeutic for Treatment of Epilepsy

Research Objective A stem cell-derived nerve cell therapy to minimize seizures in people with epilepsy Impact Many people with epilepsy have uncontrolled seizures that can be life threatening and adversely impact quality of life and independence. A cell therapy could help those not responsive to drugs. Major Proposed Activities Transplant a nerve cell therapy made […]