Drug Profile


Alternative Names: AST-OPC1; GRNOPC 1; hESC-derived oligodendrocyte progenitor cells (OPC) - Geron/University of California; Oligodendrocyte progenitor cells - Asterias Biotherapeutics; OPC-1

Latest Information Update: 18 Sep 2018

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At a glance

  • Originator Geron Corporation
  • Developer Asterias Biotherapeutics
  • Class Stem cell therapies
  • Mechanism of Action Cell replacements
  • Orphan Drug Status

    Orphan designation is assigned by a regulatory body to encourage companies to develop drugs for rare diseases.

    Yes - Spinal cord injuries
  • New Molecular Entity No

Highest Development Phases

  • Phase I/II Spinal cord injuries
  • Preclinical Canavan disease; Multiple sclerosis; Stroke
  • Discontinued Alzheimer's disease

Most Recent Events

  • 31 Oct 2018 Asterias Biotherapeutics plans a phase II trial for Spinal cord injuries in the first half of 2020
  • 12 Sep 2018 Asterias Biotherapeutics plans to meet FDA in late 2018 to discuss next trial design in Spinal cord injury
  • 12 Sep 2018 Updated efficacy and adverse events data from the phase I/IIa SCiSTAR trial in Spinal cord injuries released by Asterias Biotherapeutics
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