Advanced Cell Technology Obtains FDA Approval to Treat Dry AMD with Embryonic Stem Cells
January 6, 2011
Advanced Cell Technology Inc., announced that it had received approval from the FDA to commence its clinical trial using retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells derived from human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) to treat the dry form of age-related macular degeneration. ACT is now permitted to initiate a Phase I/II multicenter clinical trial to treat patients with dry AMD, the most common form of macular degeneration in the world.
“ACT is now the first company to receive FDA clearance for two hESC trials, and is now a true translational leader in the field of regenerative medicine,” said Gary Rabin, Interim Chairman and CEO of ACT. “It marks a major step forward, not just within the stem cell sector, but, potentially for modern healthcare techniques. We plan to proceed into the clinic with both of our hESC-based programs as quickly as possible.” (For both dry AMD and for treating Stargardt’s Disease, approval for which was obtained in November 2010.)
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