Advanced Cell Technology, Inc. ("ACT"; OTCBB:ACTC) announced today that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared the Company's Investigational New Drug (IND) application to immediately initiate a Phase I/II multicenter clinical trial using retinal cells derived from human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) to treat patients with Stargardt's Macular Dystrophy (SMD), one of the most common forms of juvenile macular degeneration in the world. The decision removes the clinical hold that the FDA had placed on the trial.
Key Patent Covers Fundamental Methods for Producing RPE Cells from Embryonic Stem Cells Including IP Used in Phase I Trial to Treat Patients with Stargardt's Macular Dystrophy.
Advanced Cell Technology, Inc. ("ACT"; OTCBB: ACTC) announced today that human embryonic stem cell (hESC) line MA135 was unanimously approved for federal funding at the 100th Meeting of the Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD) National Institutes of Health (NIH). In addition to MA135, seven additional stem cell lines derived at ACT are currently under review by the NIH. Five of these lines were produced without using ACT's proprietary single-blastomere "embryo-safe" technology. The federal funding could accelerate the company's clinical activities.
WORCESTER -- Advanced Cell Technology, Inc. (OTCBB: ACTC), a biotechnology company applying cellular technology in the field of regenerative medicine, announced that company Chairman and Chief Executive Officer William M. Caldwell IV was interviewed yesterday on Bloomberg Radio's popular mid-day program, The Hays Advantage, hosted by Kathleen Hays.
The National Institutes of Health is proposing to expand its definition of human embryonic stem cells, enabling the university researchers it finances to work with cells derived from a very early human egg.
The National Institutes of Health is proposing a small change to the definition of "human embryonic stem cell" that could have a big effect on their long-term ability to lead to cures for a variety of diseases.