MARLBOROUGH, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Ocata Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:OCAT), a leader in the field of regenerative medicine, reported in Scientific Reports ‒ a Nature Group journal ‒ that its proprietary hemangio-derived mesenchymal cell (HMCTM) technology can be used to prevent the progression of fatal lupus nephritis in NZB/W F1 mice, a classic, well-studied spontaneous model for systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).
“This study represents an important step in the development of a commercially scalable and efficacious cell therapy for lupus, a severe and debilitating autoimmune disease that has no cure and limited treatment options,” said Robert Lanza, M.D., Chief Scientific Officer of Ocata. “We show, for the first time, that hESC-derived mesenchymal stem cells can alter lupus-associated glomerulonephritis and may serve as an alternative to primary tissue-derived stem cells. The cells prevented the progression of fatal lupus, and significantly reduced proteinuria and serum creatinine and preserved renal architecture.”
SLE and lupus nephritis present significant disease management challenges. Current therapies are not curative and elicit adverse side-effects, particularly with long-term use. In addition, certain patient groups, such as those with kidney involvement, are often refractory to such treatments, highlighting the need to develop more effective therapies. The HMC product developed by Ocata has shown to have potent immune-modulatory and anti-inflammatory activity not only in SLE/LN, but also in several other autoimmune diseases.
“Our proprietary HMC platform could potentially be used to target significant autoimmune related disorders with high unmet needs such as Lupus Nephritis,” said Dr. Paul Wotton PhD, President and CEO of Ocata. “HMCs are derived from a single and replenishable stem cell source that circumvents issues regarding scalability and consistent quality. Importantly, this technology could enable scalable manufacturing for global distribution of potent HMCs for off-the-shelf therapeutic use.”
About Ocata Therapeutics, Inc.
Ocata Therapeutics, Inc. is a clinical stage biotechnology company focused on the development and commercialization of regenerative ophthalmology therapeutics. Ocata’s most advanced products are in clinical trials for the treatment of Stargardt’s macular degeneration, dry age-related macular degeneration, and myopic macular degeneration. Ocata’s intellectual property portfolio includes pluripotent stem cell platforms – hESC and induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) – and other cell therapy research programs. For more information, visit www.ocata.com.
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