, Sept. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Neuralstem, Inc. (NYSE MKT: CUR) announced that President and CEO,
, will present at the Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine Congress, on
Monday, September 30
at the Hyatt Regency in
). Mr. Garr will give an overview of Neuralstem's ongoing trial testing NSI-566 stem cells in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or
disease), now in Phase II, as well as a clinical progress update.
In a separate presentation, ALS patient,
, who received transplants in both his lumbar and cervical spinal regions in Phase I of the Neuralstem trial, will talk about his experience as a patient on
Monday, September 30
Neuralstem's patented technology enables the ability to produce neural stem cells of the human brain and spinal cord in commercial quantities, and the ability to control the differentiation of these cells constitutively into mature, physiologically relevant human neurons and glia. Neuralstem's NSI-566 spinal cord-derived stem cell therapy is in an FDA-approved Phase II clinical trial for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as
disease. Neuralstem has been awarded orphan status designation by the FDA for its ALS cell therapy.
In addition to ALS, the company is also targeting major central nervous system conditions with its NSI-566 cell therapy platform, including spinal cord injury and ischemic stroke. The company has received FDA approval to commence a Phase I safety trial in chronic spinal cord injury.
Neuralstem also has the ability to generate stable human neural stem cell lines suitable for the systematic screening of large chemical libraries. Through this proprietary screening technology, Neuralstem has discovered and patented compounds that may stimulate the brain's capacity to generate new neurons, possibly reversing the pathologies of some central nervous system conditions. The company is conducting a Phase Ib safety trial evaluating NSI-189, its first neurogenic small molecule compound, for the treatment of major depressive disorder (MDD). Additional indications could include traumatic brain injury (TBI), Alzheimer's disease, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).