Monday, November 10, 2008

CElgene Receives Approval to Start Human Testing Stem Cell Therapy for Crohn's

Hi guys, more great news on the stem cell front. Biotechnology giant Celgene Corp said it received approval from U.S. health regulators to start human testing of its experimental stem-cell therapy for the treatment of Crohn's disease. Celgene said clinical development of PDA001, its therapy utilizing human placenta-derived stem cells, would start by the end of the year.


Genzyme Corp said it would co-develop two adult stem-cell products of Osiris Therapeutics including Prochymal, which is being tested in late-stage trials for the treatment of Crohn's disease, among other indications.

Crohn's disease is a chronic and often debilitating inflammatory disease of the colon and large intestine that affects some 500,000 people in the United States and leads to frequent hospitalizations and surgery.


Anonymous said...

Yeah, I saw that article too, and said "WHOA" - that is such good news!

I haven't talked to you in a bit, Scottie, but my son has been in the phase III study since October, and he has improved from going 12 times a day to just 3 or 4. He seems to keep getting better every day. Yay for stem cells! I think it's gonna work!

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