Aldagen, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company specializing in the development of proprietary regenerative cell therapies, reports the commencement of Phase III clinical trials for their newest and most advanced adult stem cell product. Known as ALD-101, and believed to be able to accelerate neutrophil and platelet engraftment following cord blood transplantation, the product was developed from adult stem cells that were isolated from umbilical cord blood. 40 pediatric patients with inherited metabolic diseases who have been selected for the study will receive a cord blood transplant in combination with ALD-101. In previous Phase I and II clinical trials, 24 patients who received ALD-101 showed a statistically significant reduction in platelet engraftment time when compared to controls who had not received ALD-101.
A number of inherited metabolic diseases have already been shown to be treatable with adult stem cells derived from cord blood, including Adrenoleukodystrophy, Metachromatic Leukodystrophy, Krabbe’s Syndrome and Hurler Syndrome, all of which have few treatment options and are often fatal. Now, products such as these developed by Aldagen offer yet a further improvement in the efficacy of such therapies.
In addition to ALD-101, Aldagen also has several other adult stem cell products which include ALD-151, which is designed to improve cord blood transplants in the treatment of leukemias, ALD-301 which was developed for the treatment of critical limb ischemia, and ALD-201 which was developed for the treatment of ischemic heart failure.