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2014-09-10 16:26:29

SAN DIEGO, Sept. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- ViaCyte, Inc., a privately held regenerative medicine company developing a stem cell-derived islet replacement therapy for the treatment of diabetes, called VC-01, announced today that it has been selected to receive a $16.6 million Accelerated Development Pathway Award from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM). According to CIRM, the Accelerated Development Awards were created to "provide selected applicants who are...

2014-09-10 08:29:58

ROSH HA-AYIN, Israel, September 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Beta-O2 announced today that it has received a $500K grant from JDRF. The grant will be used to help fund a $1M pilot human study of Beta-O2's ssAir bio-artificial pancreas, in development as a treatment and potential cure for type 1 diabetes (T1D). The two-year study, which will enroll eight participants at Uppsala University Hospital in Sweden, will evaluate the safety, survival and function of implanted human islets...

2014-08-21 08:29:07

SAN DIEGO, Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- ViaCyte, Inc., a privately held regenerative medicine company announced today that it has entered into a Rights Agreement with Janssen Research & Development LLC (Janssen), one of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson. The agreement provides Janssen with a future right to evaluate a transaction related to the VC-01(TM) combination product that ViaCyte is developing for type 1 diabetes. This right will continue...

2014-08-19 08:30:47

Company Plans to Immediately Initiate Phase 1/2 Clinical Trial SAN DIEGO, Aug. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- ViaCyte, Inc., a privately-held regenerative medicine company, announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") has accepted the company's Investigational New Drug Application ("IND") for its VC-01(TM) candidate cell replacement therapy to treat type 1 diabetes. The company plans to promptly initiate a Phase 1/2 clinical trial which it believes to be the first...

2014-08-08 12:25:15

SAN DIEGO, Aug. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- ViaCyte, Inc., a privately held regenerative medicine company developing a stem cell-derived islet replacement therapy for the treatment of diabetes, announced today that it has completed a private equity financing transaction, providing the Company with $5.4 million through the sale of Series C-1 Preferred Stock, together with warrants to purchase common stock. The first closing of the Series C-1 financing occurred in July 2013. This...

How To Make Insulin-producing Cells From Gut Cells
2014-03-11 17:26:17

University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine Destruction of insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas is at the heart of type 1 and type 2 diabetes. "We are looking for ways to make new beta cells for these patients to one day replace daily insulin injections," says Ben Stanger, MD, PhD, assistant professor of Medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Transplanting islet cells to restore normal blood sugar levels in...

2014-01-22 23:21:43

London, Ontario-based Sernova Corp., is developing a better way to treat the disease involving the replacement of lost pancreatic islets, whose function is to read blood sugar levels and release insulin into the blood, normalizing blood sugar levels. London, ON (PRWEB) January 22, 2014 Imagine there is a person with diabetes who must focus on measuring their blood sugar levels almost constantly followed by injection of insulin multiple times each day or monitoring their insulin pump...

2013-11-25 16:49:03

Pancreatic islet transplantation is a promising therapy for treating type 1 diabetes, but the majority of transplanted cells die soon after they are transplanted. Researchers interested in prolonging the life of these cells co-transplanted endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) along with pancreatic islet cells and found that the EPCs improved the engraftment of pancreatic islet cells in mouse models, thereby favorably impacting on the cure rate and glycemic control of transplanted islets. The...

Reading Eyes May Give Clues To Health Of The Pancreas
2013-11-19 06:05:40

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An innovative way to study glucose regulation in the body has been discovered by a research team from the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden. By transferring the vital insulin-producing cells from the pancreas to the eye, the team found that the eye can serve as a window through which health reports can be obtained from the pancreas. The results, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), are expected to have a...

Researchers Use New 3D Method To Grow Miniature Pancreas
2013-10-15 12:48:09

University of Copenhagen An international team of researchers from the University of Copenhagen have successfully developed an innovative 3D method to grow miniature pancreas from progenitor cells. The future goal is to use this model to help in the fight against diabetes. The research results has just been published in the scientific journal Development. Professor Anne Grapin-Botton and her team at the Danish Stem Cell Centre have developed a three-dimensional culture method which...


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omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
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