International Stem Cell Corporation begins pre-clinical trials on human corneal epithelial cells

11 February 2009

International Stem Cell Corporation (OTCBB:ISCO), the first company to perfect a method of creating human 'parthenogenetic' stem cells from unfertilized eggs, is planning pre-clinical trials aimed at applying its laboratory-grown human corneal epithelial cells to improve photorefractive keratectomy (PRK), a form of corrective laser eye surgery.

These trials are the first step toward Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clinical trials to test the efficacy of using ISCO cells to improve healing after corneal surgery, and are part of the company’s efforts to increase the clinical utility of its discoveries in culturing corneal cells and tissues.

This work is being done in collaboration with Dr. Paul H. Chen, M.D., who has developed the cell transfer technology. Dr. Chen is an eye surgeon at North County Laser Eye Associates, and he is on staff at Scripps Memorial La Jolla and Scripps Encinitas Hospitals.

“This collaboration is an excellent opportunity for ISCO to use its cell culture and manufacturing expertise to create therapeutic human cells that can enter the market relatively quickly and improve patient’s quality of life,” said Jeffrey Janus, ISCO’s president. “We are fortunate to be working with Dr. Chen on this exciting project.”

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