GERMANTOWN, Md., July 31, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Neuralstem, Inc. (Nasdaq:CUR), a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of nervous system therapies based on its neural stem cell technology, today announced the initiation of a Phase 2 clinical trial evaluating NSI-566, the Company’s lead neural stem cell candidate, as a potential treatment for ischemic stroke.
Neuralstem announced the positive topline results of Phase 1 stroke study in the 2018 ISSCR (International Society for Stem Cell Research) abstract on June 23, 2018.
“The Phase 2 study, which will be a randomized, double-blind, controlled study, is based on the encouraging results from the open-label Phase 1 safety study. It is intended to further test the safety and efficacy of NSI-566 to reverse paralysis in stroke patients with half of their body partially paralyzed,” said Dr. Karl Johe, Chief Scientific Officer of Neuralstem.
The trial will be taking place at Bayi Brain Hospital in Beijing, China, commencing on August 1, 2018. Managing the trial will be James Li, Ph.D., Executive Vice President of Asia Operations of Suzhou Neuralstem Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Neuralstem, Inc., located in Suzhou, China. Dr. Li has been made the Manager and a Registered Agent of Suzhou Neuralstem.
Neuralstem will be allocating US$3 million toward this trial.
About Ischemic Stroke
Ischemic strokes, the most common type of stroke, occur as a result of an obstruction within a blood vessel supplying blood to the brain. Approximately 15 million people worldwide suffer stroke of which it is estimated that 87% of all strokes are ischemic strokes. Post-stroke motor deficits include paralysis in arms and legs and can be permanent.
Neuralstem is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing novel treatments for nervous system diseases of high unmet medical need. The Company has two lead development candidates:
- NSI-566 is a stem cell therapy being tested for treatment of paralysis in stroke, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and chronic spinal cord injury (cSCI).
- NSI-189, is a small molecule in clinical development for major depressive disorder and in preclinical development for Angelman syndrome, irradiation-induced cognitive impairment, Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, and stroke.
Neuralstem’s diversified portfolio of product candidates is based on its proprietary neural stem cell technology.
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