Third Stargardt’s Patient in EU Trial Treated with RPE Cells Derived from Human Embryonic Stem Cells at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London
Advanced Cell Technology, Inc. (“ACT”; OTCBB: ACTC), a leader in the field of regenerative medicine, today announced treatment of the final patient in the first patient cohort in its Phase 1/2 clinical trial for Stargardt’s macular dystrophy (SMD) using retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells derived from human embryonic stem cells (hESCs). The surgery was performed on Friday, July 27 at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London, the same site as the first two treatments, by a team of surgeons led by Professor James Bainbridge, consultant surgeon at Moorfields and Chair of Retinal Studies at University College London. The outpatient transplant surgery was performed successfully without any complications, and the patient is recovering uneventfully. This is the tenth patient overall to now be treated with the RPE cell therapy developed by the company.
“Our European trial is making very steady progress, having now completed enrollment of the first patient cohort,” commented Gary Rabin, chairman and CEO. “We are very encouraged and look forward to receiving clearance to initiate the treatment of the second patient cohort in the coming weeks.