ACT Adds Third Clinical Trial Site for Testing Treatment of Dry Macular Degeneration With Embryonic Stem Cells

April 9, 2012

Advanced Cell Technology (OTCBB: ACTC) recently announced that Bascom Palmer Eye Institute had received IRB approval to become the third U.S. clinical site for testing ACT’s human embryonic stem cell-derived retinal pigment epithelial cells in the treatment of dry age-related macular degeneration (dry AMD).

Bascom Palmer, one of the country’s premier eye institutes, joins UCLA’s Jules Stein Eye Institute and the Wills Eye Institute as the third U.S. site participating in the company’s Phase I/II clinical trials.

The Phase I/II trial is a prospective, open-label study designed to determine the safety and tolerability of the hESC-derived RPE cells following sub-retinal transplantation into patients with dry AMD. The trial will ultimately enroll 12 patients, with cohorts of three patients each in an ascending dosage format.

Click here to learn more about patient eligibility to participate in the trials.

To read more about the trials, please follow this link.

 

 



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2 Responses to “ACT Adds Third Clinical Trial Site for Testing Treatment of Dry Macular Degeneration With Embryonic Stem Cells”

  1. bob on June 8th, 2012 1:15 am

    if testing becomes availible in illinois i’ll volunteer.i already went through the avastin injections

  2. Irv Arons on June 14th, 2012 4:38 pm

    Bob, I’m not aware of any clinical trials planned for Illinois.

    Secondly, if you’ve been treated with Avastin, that’s for wet AMD and the clinical trials underway are for treating the dry form of AMD,

    There are several clinical trials underway treating wet AMD using gene therapy, including one by Oxford BioMedica at Johns Hopkins University. (Johns Hopkins is also participating in a gene therapy clinical trial for wet AMD sponsored by Genzyme.)

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