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Cytokinetics, Incorporated announced today that results from BENEFIT-ALS (Blinded Evaluation of Neuromuscular Effects and Functional Improvement with Tirasemtiv in ALS) will be presented during a Platform Session scheduled at the 66th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) to be held April 26 – May 3, 2014 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, PA.
The acceptability of ALS drugs is expected to rise due to increasing public awareness of ALS and associated disorders. This is expected to result in increasing drug penetration. Rising general awareness about ALS has led to an increase in research funding and support for clinical and support services.
The trial is a safety study to determine if it’s safe to give ALS patients injections of stem cells grown from samples of their own fat tissue.
The results showed that NSI-566 human spinal cord stem cells can be safely transplanted in both the lumbar and cervical spinal cord segments, did not accelerate disease progression, and warrant further study on dosing and therapeutic efficacy in ALS patients.
The researchers concluded that the NSI-566 cells are potent cell donors for transplantation therapy to treat paralysis in stroke patients
BrainStorm Cell Therapeutics, a leading developer of adult stem cell technologies for neurodegenerative diseases, announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement with the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston, MA to conduct a Phase II clinical trial of NurOwn™ in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
“We are very excited to announce the selection of IMS-088 as ImStar’s lead ALS compound. As we continue with preclinical development next year, we hope to establish IMS-088 as a safe and effective new drug candidate for ALS,” said Jean-Pierre Julien, ImStar’s chief scientific officer.
According to a post hoc analysis, a greater percentage of patients receiving NP001 experienced a halt in disease progression which reached statistical significance when compared to the combination of concurrent and matched historical (placebo) controls. The high dose of NP001 (2mg/kg) halted progression in 27% of patients compared to 11% of patients on placebo. Further, NP001 was found to be safe and well-tolerated in the study.
Cytokinetics will elaborate on the clinical trial design and include enrollment and baseline demographics data from BENEFIT-ALS (Blinded Evaluation of Neuromuscular Effects and Functional Improvement with Tirasemtiv in ALS), which is evaluating tirasemtiv, a novel mechanism skeletal muscle activator, as a potential treatment for patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
AB Science SA, a pharmaceutical company specialized in research, development and marketing of protein kinase inhibitors (PKIs), announces, following the press release from November 4, that the acceleration of the clinical development program in ALS is in line with proof of efficacy experiments conducted in two different models that generated positive results of increased survival.