YES! These are the results we’ve been waiting for from CHA in So. Korea. They are great, and they 100% support the Lancet results from Ocata’s own trials. The thing that really impresses me about the CHA results is that just like Ocata’s, they were published in a peer-reviewed journal instead of being released through a company announcement. I have to say, I’m kind of over company announcements. (Remember when StemCells Inc did that??) Anyone can announce anything. I can announce that I just won Powerball. That doesn’t make it true! An article in a peer-reviewed journal is the gold standard.
Anyway, here’s a snippet, although you really need to go the link:
Ocata Therapeutics, Inc. (“Ocata” or “the Company”; NASDAQ: OCAT), a leader in the field of Regenerative Ophthalmology™, announced that a study has been published that includes top-line, positive results in Asian patients who were treated with Ocata’s proprietary RPE cells, manufactured using its DeltaCell™ Technology.
These new data support previously reported positive long-term safety and signs of visual improvement, as presented in The Lancet of October 15th, 2014. The Korean study published online in Stem Cell Reports features twelve months of post-transplant follow-up data from four Asian patients; two with Stargardt’s macular degeneration (SMD) and two with dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
“The results of this study conducted by CHA Biotech in Asian patients support the findings published in The Lancet in October 2014 and further underscores our leadership in regenerative ophthalmology,” said Paul K. Wotton, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer. “The safe treatment of a total of forty two patients across multiple studies with this novel therapeutic approach in geographically distinct patient populations is encouraging. We look forward to the planned initiation of our comprehensive Phase 2 safety study in dry AMD and a pivotal study in SMD, two disabling diseases where there is no cure available today.”
And here’s the link: Ocata Therapeutics Announces Positive Results in Treating Macular Degeneration Using Fully Differentiated Stem Cell-Derived Retinal Pigment Epithelium (RPE) Cells in Asian Patients
I survived the disease, and I now have the only remission on record. But a remission is not a cure. The stem cell drug I need for a real cure is now rapidly moving towards approval in the rest of the world, but in the USA, it—and all other cellular therapies-- are still stuck behind prejudice, ignorance, and lack of funding. Hundreds of millions of desperate patients with incurable diseases need these drugs.
That’s why I’ve gone on to fight for greater public education on stem cell drugs, knowing that our laws must be changed so that all of us can get access to the best treatments instead of our health and our lives being held hostage by special interests.
I’m now a patient advocate whose work on stem cells and patients’ rights has been published in outlets such as the Oregonian. I am a manager at popular science and financial blog www.stemcellinvestor.com and a frequent speaker at many venues across the spectrum, including churches, scientific conferences, and atheist groups, and everything in between. I’m also an advocate for Right to Try laws that would allow access to experimental medication for terminal patients at the state level. Read the entire story in my upcoming book, And the Blind Shall See: A Skeptic Patient Surprised by Faith, Science, Family, and Miracle Cures.
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