Rainbow Coral Corp. (OTCBB: RBCC) subsidiary Rainbow BioSciences will keep a close eye on a new study that could potentially lead to stem cell therapies for children with autism.
Researchers have been given the go-ahead by the FDA to launch a small study evaluating the effectiveness of autism treatments using patients’ own umbilical cord blood. Thirty children, aged two to seven, will receive injections of their own stem cells from the cord blood banked by their parents at birth.
Scientists will evaluate whether the stem cell therapy helps improve language and behavior in the children. Although the cause of autism is unknown and there is no cure for the disorder, one theory suggests that autism occurs because cell in the brain, known as neurons, are not connecting normally. It’s possible that stem cells may address this problem.
RBCC is working to capitalize on the rising demand for effective new stem cell treatments by bringing a potentially game-changing stem cell technology to market. The company is close to a deal with Regenetech to acquire a license to perform cell expansion using that company’s Rotary Cell Culture SystemTM, a rotating-wall bioreactor originally developed by NASA.
“The rotating-wall bioreactor is capable of multiplying functional, 3-D stem cells for use in a variety of research projects,” said RBCC CEO Patrick Brown. “Stem cells carry tremendous potential to help researchers develop new treatments and cures for devastating diseases from Parkinson’s to Alzheimer’s and even autism, but much research must be done first. Consequently, we’re very optimistic about the market potential for this revolutionary bioreactor technology.”
RBCC plans to offer the new technology to help kickstart billions of dollars’ worth of research in an industry currently dominated by Amgen, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMGN), Celgene Corporation (NASDAQ: CELG), Genzyme Corp. (NASDAQ: GENZ) and Gilead Sciences Inc. (NASDAQ: GILD).
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