02 May Agex Announces Nih Grant Award
Grant of Approximately $386,000 Will Enable Company to Accelerate its Clinical Development Programs for the Treatment of Diseases of Aging
ALAMEDA, Calif. – May 2, 2018 – AgeX Therapeutics, Inc., a subsidiary of BioTime, Inc. (NYSE American: BTX), today announced the award of a grant of approximately $386,000 from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The grant provides funding for continued development of the company’s technologies for treating stroke.
“In this highly-competitive environment, this grant is a validation of our core technology,” commented Michael D. West, Ph.D., CEO of AgeX. “Combined with the recently-announced payment of up to $3.5 million in cash for the sale of Ascendance Biotechnology, these non-dilutive funds will enable us to strengthen our research team and expand our translational programs for the treatment of diseases of aging across the board.”
AgeX’s research reported in this announcement was supported by the NIH’s National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke under Award Number R41NS105263. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the NIH.
“AgeX’s program in vascular biology should benefit from this Phase I award targeting stroke,” said Dana Larocca, Ph.D., principle investigator on the project and VP of Discovery Research. “The grant will facilitate the expansion of our program into additional critical unmet needs in medicine using AgeX’s vascular progenitor cells and their derivatives.”
About AgeX Therapeutics
AgeX Therapeutics, Inc., a subsidiary of BioTime, Inc. (NYSE American: BTX), is a biotechnology company applying technology relating to cellular immortality and regenerative biology to aging and age-related diseases. The company has three initial areas of product development: pluripotent stem cell-derived brown adipocytes (AGEX-BAT1); vascular progenitors (AGEX-VASC1); and induced Tissue Regeneration (iTR). Initial planned indications for these products are Type 2 diabetes, cardiac ischemia, and tissue regeneration respectively. For more information, please visit www.agexinc.com or connect with the company on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.
BioTime is a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on degenerative diseases. Its clinical programs are based on two platform technologies: cell replacement and cell/drug delivery. With its cell replacement platform, BioTime is creating new cells and tissues with its proprietary pluripotent cell technologies. These cells and tissues are developed to replace those that are either rendered dysfunctional or lost due to degenerative diseases. BioTime’s cell/drug delivery programs are based upon its proprietary HyStem® cell and drug delivery matrix technology. HyStem® was designed to provide for the transfer, retention, engraftment and metabolic support of cellular replacement therapies. BioTime’s lead cell delivery clinical program is Renevia®, which consists of HyStem® combined with the patient’s own adipose (fat) progenitor cells. Renevia® met its primary endpoint in an EU pivotal clinical trial for the treatment of facial lipoatrophy in HIV patients in 2017. BioTime has submitted Renevia® for CE Mark approval in the EU. There were no device related serious adverse events reported to date. BioTime’s lead cell replacement product candidate is OpRegen®, a retinal pigment epithelium transplant therapy, which is in a Phase I/IIa multicenter clinical trial for the treatment of dry age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in developing countries. There were no related serious adverse events reported to date in the first nine patients. BioTime also has significant equity holdings in two publicly traded companies, Asterias Biotherapeutics, Inc. (NYSE American: AST) and OncoCyte Corporation (NYSE American: OCX), and a private company, AgeX Therapeutics, Inc
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