NEW YORK, Aug. 7, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- NeoStem, Inc. (Nasdaq:NBS), a leader in the emerging cellular therapy industry, today provided an update on the progress of its business and reported second quarter 2014 financial results.
Notable achievements in 2014 year to date include:
- NeoStem's strategic acquisition of California Stem Cell, Inc. (CSC) which added a novel Phase 3 cancer immunotherapy platform to its pipeline.
- The appointment to its Board of Directors of Steven M. Klosk, President and CEO of Cambrex Corporation, a leading provider of active pharmaceutical ingredients, advanced intermediates and finished dosage form products to the branded and generic pharmaceutical markets.
- A substantial increase in the number of clinical service contracts and active clients at Progenitor Cell Therapy, LLC (PCT), NeoStem's revenue-generating, contract manufacturing subsidiary.
- The completion of the six month patient follow-up for the last patient enrolled in the PreSERVE AMI Phase 2 clinical trial of NBS10 (also referred to as AMR-001).
- Presentation of results by the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) of a Phase 1 trial using NeoStem's licensed T-regulatory technology in type 1 diabetes at the American Diabetes Association (ADA) annual meeting.
- With the acquisition of CSC, NeoStem now has three cGMP, state-of-the art, cell therapy manufacturing facilities located on both the East and West Coasts to support its internal R&D efforts and to serve the cell therapy community through PCT. CSC's Irvine facility will provide manufacturing support for the Intus Phase 3 melanoma clinical trial of NBS20, while PCT continues to pursue commercial expansion of its contract operations both in the U.S. and internationally.
- NeoStem's expansion of its intellectual property protection with the grant of two new European patents for its Ischemic Repair Program using CD34 cells.
- The inclusion of NeoStem in multiple Russell indexes.
"NeoStem has had an exciting first half as we make progress towards our goal of delivering transformative cell based therapies. We expect to continue to build on our progress through the rest of 2014 with a number of important programs," said Dr. Robin Smith, Chairman and CEO of NeoStem. These include:
- Anticipated release of Phase 2 data from the PreSERVE AMI trial of NBS10:This randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial is testing NBS10, the Company's second most advanced product candidate and lead candidate in its ischemic repair program, an autologous adult stem cell product, to treat patients with left ventricular dysfunction following acute ST segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). If successful, NBS10 would address a significant unmet medical need as the indication currently has no effective treatment. For those suffering a STEMI this treatment has the potential to improve longevity and quality of life and positions NeoStem to capture a meaningful share of the worldwide market. The Company is evaluating other clinical indications that might benefit from this ischemic repair platform technology, including traumatic brain injury, chronic heart failure and critical limb ischemia.
- Initiation of the Intus Phase 3 clinical trial of NBS20 for melanoma: NeoStem's lead product candidate, NBS20, also referred to as DC/TC (dendritic cell/tumor cell), which targets malignant melanoma initiating cells, is designed to treat Stage IV or recurrent Stage III metastatic melanoma and is both the Company's lead product candidate n its targeted immunotherapy program for cancer as well as its overall lead product candidate in development. The immunotherapy has been granted fast track and orphan designation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the protocol is the subject of a Special Protocol Assessment (SPA). Under the SPA, the FDA is in agreement with the design, clinical endpoints, and planned clinical analyses of the Phase 3 trial that would serve as the basis for a Biologics License Application (BLA) that would be filed at the time NeoStem would request marketing approval. The protocol calls for enrolling 250 evaluable patients and is expected to be initiated in 2014.
- Initiation of clinical trials in Immune Modulation Program using T regulatory cells: NeoStem's immune modulation program is based on the premise that many autoimmune diseases are caused by an imbalance in the immune system between the T-effector cells and the T-regulatory cells. By expanding and re-infusing a patient's own T-regulatory cells, we believe the immune system can be brought into balance and the autoimmune attack can be suppressed. Presentation by UCSF on June 15th at the American Diabetes Association annual meeting of the results of a Phase 1 study of autologous T regulatory cells in adult patients with type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) indicated safety and tolerability following administration, and complements recently published 12-month follow up data showing feasibility and preliminary evidence of efficacy in children with T1DM. Taken together, the results provide preliminary data that support developing a novel therapy for the treatment of T1DM with the goal of inducing immune tolerance and preserving pancreatic beta cell function. Subject to review and approval of the protocols by the appropriate regulatory authorities, NeoStem plans to initiate a Phase 2 study of NBS03D for the treatment of type 1 diabetes and a Phase 1 study of NBS03A in support of a steroid resistant asthma development program in 2014. The therapeutic opportunity is to down-regulate the production of inflammatory cytokines by the T cells instead of treating the cytokines after they have been produced, which is the approach of many current therapies.