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ALS Therapy Development Institute and California Stem Cell, Inc. Announce Long-Term Scientific Collaboration
Date:7/29/2008

Bi-coastal collaboration aimed at applying stem cell technology to an 'orphan disease' in a unique translational research setting

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. and IRVINE, Calif., July 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI) and California Stem Cell, Inc. (CSC) announced today a new collaboration aimed at advancing any potential application of stem cells in treating ALS - amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's diseases. The new set of experiments will begin in August 2008 and continue through the end of 2009. This effort is the latest in the two groups' on-going partnership to understand how stem cells, and their derivatives, may be used as part of a therapeutic strategy to treat or cure the fatal neurodegenerative disease.

"It is no mystery to us in the ALS community that stem cells ought to be looked at and considered by researchers. The work we are doing together with California Stem Cell will help to make sure that we are leaving no stone unturned in our mission to discover and develop an effective treatment that will slow or stop ALS," said Sean Scott, president of ALS TDI.

ALS is a neurodegenerative disease resulting in progressive paralysis and is considered fatal. The disease strikes typically without an identifiable cause, indiscriminately affecting a new family every 90 minutes in the U.S. That incidence rate is similar to that of multiple sclerosis, but the typical survival prognosis given to a new ALS patient is only 2-5 years from their date of diagnosis. Currently, there is no known cure for ALS and only one FDA-approved drug, with marginal efficacy, for treating the disease.

"ALS TDI is a natural partner. Their expertise in preclinical research focused on ALS is unparalleled. With ALS TDI we have access to a dedicated and passionate group of experts that can help to fully understand how stem cell derived products may play a role in a potential therapeutic for this horri
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