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BrainStorm Cell Therapeutics (NASDAQ:BCLI), a leading developer of innovative autologous adult stem cell therapeutics for debilitating neurodegenerative diseases, announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted the Investigational New Drug (IND) application to initiate a Phase 2 clinical trial of NurOwn for the treatment of progressive multiple sclerosis (MS). As quoted in the press …

BrainStorm Cell Therapeutics (NASDAQ:BCLI), a leading developer of innovative autologous adult stem cell therapeutics for debilitating neurodegenerative diseases, announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted the Investigational New Drug (IND) application to initiate a Phase 2 clinical trial of NurOwn for the treatment of progressive multiple sclerosis (MS).

As quoted in the press release:

There are currently no FDA approved autologous cellular therapies addressing MS or other neurological diseases. While treatment options for patients with MS exist, there remains a significant unmet need in progressive MS. There is currently no FDA approved therapy that addresses more than one progressive form of MS.

“This is an extremely exciting moment as we expand BrainStorm’s pipeline by introducing a new indication for NurOwn® in neurodegenerative disease,” said Chaim Lebovits, president and CEO of BrainStorm. “Through this trial, we are advancing a novel treatment modality into clinical-stage testing for progressive MS in early 2019.”

MS affects approximately 1 million individuals in the U.S. and 2.5 million individuals worldwide. Approximately half of affected individuals will eventually develop progressive disease, which may lead to increasing levels of motor, visual, and cognitive functional impairment and disability.

“We are excited about the launch of early testing of this cell-based approach to treating progressive MS, for which there are few treatment options,” commented Bruce Bebo, Ph.D., Executive Vice President of Research at the National MS Society. “We look forward to better understanding the potential benefits and safety of this and other cell-based therapies for MS.”

Click here to read the full press release.

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