Neuralstem Announces Last Subject Enrolled in Phase 2 Clinical Trial Evaluating Human Neural Stem Cells in Chronic Stroke Patients
GERMANTOWN, Md., Sept. 24, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Neuralstem, Inc. (Nasdaq:CUR), a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing novel treatments for nervous system diseases, announced completion of subject enrollment in its Phase 2 clinical trial of NSI-566 for the treatment of chronic ischemic stroke. NSI-566 is Neuralstem's lead stem cell therapy candidate, and has also been evaluated in clinical trials for patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and chronic spinal cord injury. The trial is being conducted at the BaYi Brain Hospital (affiliated to the 7th Medical Center of the PLA General Hospital) in Beijing, China under the direction of Professor Xu Ruxiang.
"Completing the subject enrollment in this Phase 2 study is an important clinical milestone for Neuralstem," said Dr. Ken Carter, Executive Chairman of Neuralstem. "We expect results from this study in the second half of 2020 and are thankful to the individuals and physicians who are participating."
The double-blind, placebo-controlled study enrolled 22 subjects that were randomized to one of two groups: a treatment group that received intracerebral administration of 72 million human neural stem cells or a sham surgery group. Subjects enrolled in the study were to have sustained chronic motor deficits due to an ischemic stroke 4-24 months prior to enrollment, and will be evaluated for measures of efficacy for 12 months after surgery and measures of safety for an additional 48 months.
About Ischemic Stroke
Ischemic stroke, the most common type of stroke, occurs as a result of an obstruction within a blood vessel supplying blood to the brain. Approximately 15 million people worldwide suffer stroke, of which approximately 87% 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, diabetic neuropathy, and stroke
Neuralstem's diversified portfolio of product candidates is based on its proprietary neural stem cell technology.
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Released September 24, 2019