Stem Cells Inc. Gets FDA Authorization to Initiate Clinical Trial to Use Human Neural Stem Cells to Treat Dry AMD

March 21, 2012

Preclinical results published in the February issue of the international peer-reviewed European Journal of Neuroscience, demonstrated that the company’s human neural stem cells were effective in protecting photoreceptors from degeneration, thus preserving vision in the Royal College of Surgeon’s rat. The number of cone photoreceptors, which are responsible for central vision, remained constant over an extended period, consistent with the sustained visual acuity and light sensitivity observed in the study. In humans, degeneration of the cone photoreceptors account for the unique pattern of visual loss in dry AMD.

The company then announced that it had received authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a Phase I/II clinical trial of the company’s proprietary HuCNS-SCr product candidate (purified human neural stem cells) in dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the most common form of AMD.

We believe that at least one of the sites for the clinical trial will be the Casey Eye Institute at Oregon Health and Science University.

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