We are delighted to share positive animal efficacy results from Dr. Trevor McGill ( About Dr. Trevor McGill) at the Oregon Health and Science University for EyecyteRPE: our lead product for treatment of Dry AMD (macular degeneration)
As per Dr.McGill "EyecyteRPE provided significant beneficial effects on the degenerating retina in RCS ratswithout any significant safety concerns suggesting this cell type may have significant therapeutic value in human retinal degenerative disease".
Dr. Jogin Desai, Founder and CEO, Eyestem Research said " The POC results have shown significant preservation of photoreceptors and functional rescue of vision and the results are at par or better than most published data globally. We will be using this momentum to now aggressively move forward into GLP toxicology, larger efficacy and GMP production for our product for Dry AMD."
Eyestem was awarded a multi-crore grant under the Biotechnology Industry Partnership Programme.(BIPP) by the Department of Biotechnology, India. The grant will advance EyecyteRPE through GMP manufacturing and GLP toxicology studies. It is one of the largest ever grants accorded to a start-up in the medical biotech space.
Eyestem is among the top 30 startups selected by #LevelNXT, India’s most comprehensive scaleup programme to recognize and nurture high-growth scaleups, hosted by PwC and FICCI. The program is meant to unearth the brightest entrepreneurs and offer them a collaborative ecosystem and easier access to growth networks.
From an Economic Times report: Jogin Desai brings the global regulatory experience that can help scientists look ahead. His strategy is to be based in Bengaluru but leverage specialised skills from around the world. So, Eyestem has a set of advisors and collaborators in the country and in some of the best labs in the world. The company has started growing retinal cells in its lab through a unified protocol that can be used by technicians and hopes to begin clinical trials by 2020.