Tag Archives: Macular degeneration

StemCells, Inc. Receives FDA Authorization for Age-Related Macular Degeneration Clinical Trial

StemCells Inc. today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized the initiation of a Phase I/II clinical trial of the Company’s proprietary HuCNS-SC® product candidate (purified human neural stem cells) in dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the most common form of AMD. AMD is the leading cause of vision loss and blindness in people over 55 years of age, and approximately 30 million people worldwide are afflicted with the disease. There are no approved treatments for dry AMD.

“With the approval of this trial, we have accomplished something truly unique in the stem cell field, which
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Macular Degeneration: Awesome results from Stem Cells

CHA Bundang Medical Center has become the first in Asia (the second in the world) to confirm that the transplantation of human embryonic stem cell (hESC)-derived retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) cells is effective in treating age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and Stargardt disease (juvenile macular degeneration) without causing dangerous side effects. Hence CHA Bundang Medical Center is now on the fast track to developing the world’s first hESC-based therapeutic product.

A Korean research team, led by Professor Song Won-Kyung from CHA Bundang Medical Center, and CHA Biotech (a leading S. Korea-based biotechnology firm focused on stem cell therapies) jointly issued an
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Stem Cell Review: Looking Forward to 2015

How will stem cells change the way we think about treating diseases? Here is the 5 year forward look at the world of Stem Cells, from some of the greatest experts in the field.

What are the diseases we’ll be treating, and the tools we’ll be using in 2015? Where will we be in terms of clinical trials? What are the dangers in the stem cell hype, and medical tourism? How will stem cells pave the way for personalized medicine, and more rational treatments? How important will stem cells become in the drug discovery process? Discussed in the
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StemCells Inc Announces Closing of $20 MLN Offering

StemCells Inc announced that it has closed its previously announced offering of common stock and short term warrants. The Company sold a total of 11,299,435 units to two well recognized institutional biotechnology investors and received total proceeds, net of offering expenses and placement agent fees, of approximately $18.7 million.

Each unit consists of one share of common stock and a warrant to purchase 0.85 of a share of common stock at a price of $1.77 per unit. The warrants will first be exercisable six months from the date of issuance at an initial exercise price of $2.17 per share. The
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IPS stem cell treatment heads for human trials in Japan

The very first human trials of a treatment using induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS cells) in Japan will begin as early as next year, the government-backed Riken research institute announced on June 12.

Speaking at a meeting of the Japanese Society for Regenerative Medicine in Yokohama, research team leader Masayo Takahashi of the Riken Center for Developmental Biology detailed plans to begin using iPS treatments on patients with a degenerative eye condition. Transplanted iPS cells have not developed into cancer in animal testing, and the clinical trial will go ahead now that it’s confirmed that similar procedures do not pose
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