Archives June 2019

Gene Therapies clinical trials see 17% jump year-over-year, with two approvals near and pipelines expanding

Data released May 9 by the Alliance for Regenerative Medicine (ARM) illustrates the growth of clinical activity where gene therapy is concerned. ARM’s Quarterly Regenerative Medicine Global Data Report for the first quarter of 2019 showed 372 gene therapy clinical trials were in progress as of the end of Q1. Interestingly, a majority (217 or 58%) were

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ARM Releases Regenerative Medicine & Oncology Report: Metrics and Trends Related to Companies Developing Cell and Gene Therapies for Cancer

This report includes an overview of regenerative medicine approaches to treating a variety of cancer types, along with a list of ARM member companies active in developing these therapies, global financings, an overview of the oncology-focused clinical pipeline, as well as commentary from select therapeutic developers active in this area. Key findings include: There are 416 companies worldwide active in

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China urged to abandon plan to sell unproven cell therapies

An international stem-cell body says the country’s proposed law could put patients at risk. An international group of stem-cell researchers is urging China to cancel draft regulations that would permit some hospitals to sell therapies developed from patients’ own cells, without approval from the nation’s drug regulator. The International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) sent a

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3D Printing at Work to Heal Spinal Cord Injury

For people whose spinal cords are injured in traffic accidents, sports mishaps, or other traumatic events, cell-based treatments have emerged as a potential avenue for encouraging healing. Now, taking advantage of advances in 3D printing technology, researchers have created customized implants that may boost the power of cell-based therapies for repairing injured spinal cords. Made of

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Reproducible, miniature 3D models of human brain tissue open new frontiers in neuroscience

esearchers have made a major advance in the development of human brain “organoids” — miniature, 3D tissue cultures that model brains in a dish. The new method, published in Nature, consistently grows the same types of cells, in the same order, as the developing human cerebral cortex. The advance could change the way researchers study neuropsychiatric

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EU awards 742 million euro to 1,062 Israeli science projects

Special recognition award given to 423 Israeli companies and researchers that won the Horizon 2020 grant in 2018. The EU Delegation to Israel, together with the Israel-Europe Research and Innovation Directorate (ISERD) and the Israel Innovation Authority, celebrated scientific cooperation under the Horizon 2020 program with an awards ceremony on June 4th at the Peres

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Austria: Admissibility Of Stem Cell Therapy – Case Law Update Austria

In a recent decision (Ra 2015/11/0113), the Austrian Supreme Administrative Court (VwGH) inter aliaaddressed the question whether the application of stem cell therapy violates Section 49 of the Austrian Act on the Medical Profession (Ärztegesetz, ÄrzteG), which requires physicians to treat patients “… in accordance with state of the art medical science and practice” and to at all

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Gene Therapy: Commercial Challenges And Strategic Choices

Source BIOPROCESS ONLINE Innovation in gene therapy brings the potential for transforming patient care and obviating the need for chronic therapy through single-dose cures. Despite the potential long-term benefits of this new therapeutic modality, gene therapy companies face a number of underappreciated challenges. While there have been recent curative achievements in hepatitis C virus, curative

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