Below is a press release from Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC), a site in the AST-OPC1 SCiSTAR Phase 1/2a clinical trial in complete cervical spinal cord injury, which is being sponsored by BioTime, Inc. (NYSE MKT: BTX) subsidiary Asterias Biotherapeutics (NYSE MKT: AST).
The clinical trial will test the safety of three varying doses of AST-OPC1, which are oligodendrocyte progenitors that have the capacity to differentiate into a variety of brain cells. The California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) also released a blog post about the procedure conducted at SCVMC.
The SCiSTAR study being run by Asterias Biotherapeutics is funded in part by a $14.3 million grant from CIRM. [Read more…]