Longeveron to Receive Grant from the Maryland Stem Cell Research Fund
May 22, 2017
Two clinical trials have shown that Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are safe and highly effective in treating age-related frailty. Buoyed by the success of their initial trials, scientists from the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine are now moving their research into larger trials. Once these steps have been completed, the stem cell-based technology could be the first anti-aging treatment to get the approval from the FDA
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May 22, 2017
MIAMI, Fl., May 22, 2017 – Longeveron announced receiving a $750,000 grant from the Maryland Stem Cell Research Fund (MSCRF) to continue groundbreaking stem cell research. Longeveron, a Miami based regenerative medicine company, will partner with the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University to conduct a clinical trial for Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS), a rare and often fatal condition in infants caused by an underdeveloped heart.
According to Dr. Sunjay Kaushal, Director of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery at University of Maryland, and Site Investigator on this award, “We anticipate that the HLHS trial may be a game changing procedure to improve the ventricular performance for these HLHS babies that will improve their outcomes and allow them to live longer lives.”
The MSCRF was established by the Governor and the Maryland General Assembly through the Maryland Stem Cell Research Act of 2006 to accelerate research using human stem cells and advance medical treatment. In a May 10 news release, Rabbi Avram Reisner, Chair of the Maryland Stem Cell Research Commission noted, “The awards announced are the first in our new Accelerating Cure initiative. They represent some of the most advanced regenerative medicine projects that are being undertaken. These awardees are at the leading edge of medical innovation and exemplify the purpose and mission of the Maryland Stem Cell Research Fund.”
Longeveron Co-Founder & Chief Science Officer, Joshua M. Hare, M.D., who will serve as the Principal Investigator on this award stated, “Longeveron is honored to receive this competitive award from MSCRF to continue this important research to treat this life-threatening condition affecting infants.”
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Longeveron is researching treatments based on its Mesenchymal Stem Cells for a variety of aging-related diseases. In 2017, Longeveron published positive Phase I and Phase 2 clinical studies in the Journals of Gerontology that evaluated the safety and efficacy of its Mesenchymal Stem Cells in patients with Aging Frailty, a serious geriatric syndrome that can lead to other severe health conditions, such as heart disease. The company is now recruiting for an expanded Phase 2b Aging Frailty study.
Longeveron is also recruiting for a Phase 1 Alzheimer’s trial, and Phase 1 and 2 trials to evaluate the safety and efficacy of its stem cells for improving flu vaccine immune response in Aging Frailty patients. Longeveron’s MSC product is derived from the bone marrow of young, healthy adult donors.
Longeveron (www.longeveron.com) is a regenerative medicine therapy company founded in 2014. Longeveron’s goal is to provide the first of its kind biological solution for aging-related diseases, and is dedicated to developing safe cell-based therapeutics to revolutionize the aging process and improve quality of life. The company’s research focus areas Aging Frailty, the Metabolic Syndrome and Alzheimer’s Disease and gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the National Institutes of Health, the Alzheimer’s Association and Maryland Stem Cell Research Fund. Longeveron is also conducting a Phase 1 trial to study Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, a rare indication that affects infants, supported through a grant from the Maryland Stem Cell Research Fund.
For more information about the clinical trials
Longeveron is sponsoring, visit ClinicalTrials.gov
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