Navigation Links
At London Predictive Toxicology Summit Asymmetrex Presents New Biotech Solutions For Earlier Identification Of Drugs Toxic To Patients’ Adult Stem Cells
Date:2/19/2015

Boston, MA (PRWEB) February 19, 2015

The actual problem with adult stem cell toxicity detection is not a matter of being unable to identify toxic drug candidates. Instead, the problem is identifying them too late in the drug development process, after large expenditures in failed pre-clinical animal testing and clinical trials have occurred. Adult stem cell toxicity shows up as organ and tissue failure. Because of the crucial role of adult stem cells in maintaining, renewing, and repairing human tissues and organs, drug candidates that attack adult stem cells induce intolerable toxicities. In some cases, catastrophic adult stem cell toxicities may not emerge until drugs have reached the marketplace – either because of requiring more chronic dosing or because of being limited to susceptible subgroups of patients.

Predictive Toxicology Summits have a mission of exchanging ideas and information that might lead to better tools for predicting the safety of new drug candidates earlier and at reduced cost. Of the estimated $50 billion the U.S. drug industry spends to bring 20-30 new drugs to market each year, about 20% of all the expense (est. $10 billion) is due to animal testing and clinical trials of compounds that fail because of unacceptable toxicity. Dr. Sherley emphasized Asymmetrex’s new insight that about half of these failures are due to adult stem cell toxicity, which the company plans to detect earlier in less expensive cell-based assays to the tune of an estimated $5 billion in savings for the U.S. pharmaceutical industry each year.

Sherley began his presentation with a general overview of stem cell types currently available for toxicology evaluations of new drug candidates. In particular, he highlighted the present excitement for using induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) to derive diverse types of differentiated human organ and tissue cells that are difficult to obtain from living human donors for toxicological assessments (e.g., brain cells; disease-specific cells). He emphasized often understated caveats for iPSC-derived cells, including the potential for their high mutation fraction to alter their normal function and their inability to produce mature differentiated cells, which may be essential for predicting toxicity in children and adults.

In contrasting iPSCs and adult stem cells, Sherley pointed out the obvious. “When it comes to adult stem cell toxicology, iPSCs and other pluripotent stem cells like human embryonic stem cells are simply the wrong targets for testing, because they are not found in the mature human body.”

Sherley mentioned only briefly two Asymmetrex technologies still in development that could enable inexpensive early assays for detecting adult stem cell-toxic drug candidates. The company’s SACK (“suppression of asymmetric cell kinetics”) technology can produce tissue-specific adult stem cells in sufficient quantities to supply cell assays; and the company’s newly described adult stem cell-specific H2A.Z asymmetry biomarker is available for developing assays based on direct adult stem cell counting for the first time.

Whereas Asymmetrex’s adult stem cell production and adult stem cell biomarker technologies are still in development, Sherley indicated that the company’s lead technology for early detection of adult stem cell toxicity is ready for application now. Developed with partner AlphaSTAR Corporation, the new computer simulation-based technology can estimate adult stem cell number, viability, and function in any human tissue that can be grown in culture, which includes all the key organs and tissues for drug safety evaluations. The two companies are ready to market the new technology as an assay to detect drug candidates that will fail in expensive pre-clinical animal studies or clinical trials because of intolerable toxicity against adult stem cells. By screening-out such drugs earlier in the drug development process, Asymmetrex and AlphaSTAR estimate that together they could save the U.S. pharmaceutical industry $4-5 billion each year.

About Asymmetrex

Asymmetrex, LLC is a Massachusetts life sciences company with a focus on developing technologies to advance stem cell medicine. Asymmetrex’s founder and director, James L. Sherley, M.D., Ph.D. is an internationally recognized expert on the unique properties of adult tissue stem cells. The company’s patent portfolio contains biotechnologies that solve the two main technical problems – production and quantification – that have stood in the way of successful commercialization of human adult tissue stem cells for regenerative medicine and drug development. In addition, the portfolio includes novel technologies for isolating cancer stem cells and producing induced pluripotent stem cells for disease research purposes. Currently, Asymmetrex’s focus is employing its technological advantages to develop facile methods for monitoring adult stem cell number and function in clinically important human tissues.

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2015/02/prweb12519462.htm.


'/>"/>
Source: PRWeb
Copyright©2015 Vocus, Inc.
All rights reserved

Related biology technology :

1. Elsevier and Energy Institute Organize First Energy Systems Conference To Be Held in June 2014, London, UK
2. Affordable Scrum Training in London, UK on October 7th 2013 by Conscires Agile Practices
3. Study Published in European Urology Shows that the Decipher Prostate Cancer Classifier is Predictive of Rapid Metastasis in High-Risk Men who have had Prostate Surgery
4. To Mitigate Risk of Infusion Reactions with Krystexxa, Serum Urate Should be Used as a Predictive Marker
5. Cloud Analytics Market (by Cloud Business Intelligence & Predictive Analytics) Expected to Cross $16.52 Billion by 2018 - New Report by MarketsandMarkets
6. Eutropics signs $1.5M NCI contract to develop predictive diagnostic tests for guiding Acute Myeloid Leukemia treatments
7. Predictive Service Maintains Designation as One of the Fastest-Growing U.S. Companies with Seventh Straight Appearance on Inc. 5,000 List
8. Predictive Biomarker Discovery for Oncology Small-Molecules and Biologics - a Webinar Hosted by Xtalks
9. Adult Stem Cell Technology Center, LLC Director James L. Sherley Discusses Stem Cell Toxicology
10. Practical Uses for Flow Cytometry in Toxicology Studies Within a Glp Environment, New Life Science Webinar Hosted by Xtalks
11. Safety Assessment Study of Apoaequorin Published in Food and Chemical Toxicology
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/26/2019)... ... June 26, 2019 , ... Alice Branton today released research ... physicochemical properties of Magnesium Gluconate, which can prove to be beneficial for treating Hypomagnesemia. ... characteristic differentiation peak, change in crystallite size , Over 142% increase in ...
(Date:6/11/2019)... ... June 10, 2019 , ... Advancements with ... upcoming episode, scheduled to broadcast 4Q/2019. Check your local listings for more information. ... viewers about how its technology facilitates laboratories to improve efficiency and quality of ...
(Date:6/6/2019)... CYPRESS, Calif. (PRWEB) , ... June 05, 2019 , ... ... pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries, announced today that they will be receiving 3 ... in San Diego, CA. WCCT received 2 awards in the categories of overall Quality ...
(Date:5/31/2019)... ... May 30, 2019 , ... ... demonstrate an efficient delivery system for the sustained release of human placental stem ... gel system was able to deliver CM into the injured kidney, where it ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
(Date:7/17/2019)... ... July 16, 2019 , ... Imagine using a simple, portable test ... loss before it causes osteoporosis. For South Dakota School of Mines & Technology researcher ... game-changer in terms of our ability to monitor and prevent disease,” says Wang. ...
(Date:7/10/2019)... (PRWEB) , ... July 10, 2019 , ... ... Virtual Agents for sales and service organizations, today announced its role in ... and streamline the operational efficiency of its franchisees. A key part of this ...
(Date:7/9/2019)... CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (PRWEB) , ... July 08, 2019 ... ... of the company’s footprint in the biotechnology hub of Cambridge, MA. This expansion ... , primary market research , and sales force effectiveness consulting ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):