Author Archives: Patricia Inacio PhD

Arizona State University to Grow Human Neurons in Search of New Therapies for Neurodegenerative Diseases

Arizona State University will soon launch a new biomanufacturing platform to grow human neurons in vitro to develop and test new therapies for neurodegenerative diseases, including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease. The effort includes the development of several types of neurons on a large scale to test…

American CryoStem’s Atcell Not Approved for ALS, Other Neurodegenerative Diseases, FDA Warns

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning to the American CryoStem Corporation of Monmouth Junction, New Jersey, for marketing Atcell, the company’s adipose-derived stem cell product, without FDA approval. In its warning letter, the FDA noted “significant deviations from current good manufacturing practice requirements, including some…

NurOwn, Now in Phase 3 Trial, Shows Potential in ALS Patients with Rapid Progression, BrainStorm’s CMO Says in Interview

BrainStorm Cell Therapeutics released new data on potential biomarkers from its Phase 2 trial investigating NurOwn, the company’s cell therapy for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), at the International Symposium on ALS/MND meeting held in Boston last week. Both these findings and an ongoing Phase 3 trial, now recruiting patients in…

ALS Patients’ Lung-function Decline Scores Can Predict Breathing Failure, Study Reports

The rate of ALS patients’ lung-function decline can predict their risk of breathing failure, their need for assisted ventilation, and their risk of death, according to Cytokinetics, a company that develops muscle-disease therapies. “These results suggest that respiratory function is an important prognostic indicator of clinical progression in people with…

Phase 2 COMMEND Trial Enrolls ALS Participants After Flex Reports Positive Topline Results

Boston-based Flex Pharma has announced positive topline results from its exploratory Phase 2 trial testing investigational therapy FLX-787 in Australian amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) patients with frequent muscle cramps. The data showed that FLX-787 significantly reduced the intensity of cramp-associated pain and stiffness compared to placebo. The positive results support the…

Defects in Cell Cleanup System May Lead to ALS and Other Diseases, Mouse Study Shows

Researchers at Germany’s University of Würzburg have discovered how a malfunctioning autophagy – a cell’s natural self-degradation and cleanup system – plays a central role in the development of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other motor neuron diseases. The study, “Plekhg5-regulated autophagy of synaptic vesicles reveals a pathogenic mechanism…