BrainStorm's Clinical Trial is Fast-Tracked to Phase IIa, Representing a Major Milestone for the Company
NEW YORK & PETACH TIKVAH, Israel--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- BrainStorm Cell Therapeutics (OTC.QB: BCLI), a leading developer of adult stem cell technologies for neurodegenerative diseases, announced today that the Israeli Ministry of Health has fast-tracked its current Phase I/II ALS safety trial to a Phase IIa dose-escalating trial, significantly expediting the company's clinical development program and saving valuable time. The trial, which will evaluate the safety and preliminary efficacy of BrainStorm's NurOwn stem cell therapy candidate, will be launched immediately at the Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem.
The Ministry of Health approved acceleration to a Phase IIa trial based on evaluation of only 12 of the initial cohort of 24 patients in the company's Phase I/II trial at Hadassah. In the Phase IIa trial, the second group of 12 patients will receive combined intramuscular and intrathecal administration of NurOwn cells in three cohorts, with increasing doses. The study participants, who have already been recruited, will be followed for three to six months after transplantation.
"Acceleration to Phase IIa will save us critical time, enabling us to proceed much more quickly with achieving our goal of developing an effective treatment for ALS," commented Dr. Adrian Harel, BrainStorm's CEO.
Professor Dimitrios Karussis, Principal Investigator of BrainStorm's Phase I/II trial at Hadassah, commented: "Based on the positive results we have seen for the first 12 patients, we are eager to begin the next stage of clinical testing, and are delighted that the Ministry of Health has given us the green light to proceed to Phase IIa."
BrainStorm has been conducting a Phase I/II clinical trial in ALS patients at the Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem since June 2011, and plans to launch the Phase IIa study immediately. The company is also planning to expand its clinical development to the United States in 2013, pending FDA approval. Towards that goal, the Company has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Massachusetts Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital to begin ALS human clinical trials at these institutions.
About BrainStorm Cell Therapeutics, Inc.
BrainStorm Cell Therapeutics Inc. is a biotechnology company engaged in the development of first-of-its-kind adult stem cell therapies derived from autologous bone marrow cells for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases. The Company holds the rights to develop and commercialize its NurOwn™ technology through an exclusive, worldwide licensing agreement with Ramot, the technology transfer company of Tel Aviv University. For more information, visit the company's website at www.brainstorm-cell.com.
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