is a product in development for spinal cord injuries utilizing oligodendrocyte progenitor cells, which we manufacture from our pluripotent stem cell platform. With significant financial support from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), we are currently enrolling patients in a Phase 1/2a clinical trial
in subacute, cervical (neck) spinal cord injury. AST-OPC1 cells are inserted directly into the damaged section of the spinal cord through a surgical procedure. The hope is that addition of these cells, which support the healthy functioning of nerve cells, can improve the transmission of signals from the brain through the spinal cord and out to the upper extremities, so that patients can better regain use of their arms, hands and fingers. Regaining use of the upper extremities can dramatically reduce health care costs and have a direct impact on a patient's ability to live independently. Approximately 17,000 people each year in the US suffer spinal cord injuries, and there are currently no therapies available to address these devastating injuries.
is an autologous (patient-specific) immunotherapy treatment for maintaining remission in individuals suffering from Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). AST-VAC1 has the potential to supplement current chemotherapy regimens in order to improve long-term remission for these patients, as demonstrated in a phase 2 trial
. Asterias is presently developing a manufacturing process in order to be able to produce clinical trial material in support of a phase 2b study expected to commence in 2018.
is an allogeneic (non-patient specific) immunotherapy manufactured using cells from our pluripotent stem cell line. We have partnered with Cancer Research-UK (CRUK) to investigate AST-VAC2 in non-small cell lung cancer, and CRUK is fully funding the first phase 1/2a clinical study. The first patient is expected to be enrolled in the second quarter of 2017. Additionally, AST-VAC2 has potential application in a wide range other cancers, and is likely synergistic with other immunotherapies such as immune checkpoint inhibitors.