Neuralstem Reports First Patient Treated In China Stem Cell Trial to Treat Stroke Motor Deficits
Neuralstem (NYSE MKT: CUR) announced that the first patient was treated in the Phase I/II NSI-566 stem cell trial to treat motor deficits from ischemic stroke at BaYi Brain Hospital in Beijing, China. The patient received treatment on December 27, 2013 and has now returned home. The trial is sponsored by Neuralstem's wholly-owned subsidiary, Neuralstem China (Suzhou Sun-Now Biopharmaceutical Co. Ltd.), which was formed to develop Neuralstem's cell therapy products in China. The stroke motor deficit trial is the first in which Neuralstem's spinal-cord derived stem cells are being transplanted directly into the patient's brain. They are placed near the stroke lesion, where it is hoped they will rebuild damaged neural circuitry and promote repair and recovery. The trial is expected to last two years.