Phase II Trial Evaluating the Safety and Efficacy of an Allogeneic Stem Cell for

Period of Performance: 02/01/2015 - 01/31/2016


Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Athersys, Inc.
Cleveland, OH 44115
Principal Investigator
Principal Investigator


DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Cardiovascular disease (CVD) represents a significant unmet medical need with over 1 million patients in the United States suffering from acute myocardial infarction (AMI) each year. This epidemic of heart attacks also represents a risk factor for further cardiovascular disease, with over 5.9 million individuals suffering from chronic heart failure (CHF) and >670,000 new patients diagnosed with CHF annually in the United States. CHF is associated with high morbidity and mortality as well as high cost of care. In fact, taken together, CVD is the leading cause of death in the United States and is responsible for an estimated $287 billion dollars annually in direct and indirect costs, according the American Heart As the population ages and the incidence of diabetes and obesity increase, the incidence and associated cost of care for CVD Is expected to rise as well. By 2030, the number of people in US age 65 and over will increase by 80%. Despite the high cost of care and prevalence, the medical options to treat both AMI and CHF are limited. Based on the current clinical data, it would appear highly likely that cell therapy will play a role in the prevention ad treatment of cardiac dysfunction in the ensuing years. In this study, we proposed to develop in the Phase I portion of this proposal, an adult bone-marrow derived cell therapy product, MultiStem, that can formulated in a cryovial for rapid thaw and delivery to treat acute ischemic injury. For the Phase II portion, we plan to investigate the effects of cell therapy in a specific nd novel population of patients with cardiovascular disease, those patients with heart attacks that present as non-ST elevated myocardial infarcts (NSTEMI) to determine if we can reduce the morbidity and mortality and provide functional benefit to the heart. Importantly, the NSTEMI population is growing in prevalence unlike the clinical population of first-time ST elevation AMI which has been steadily declining over the past decade. Successful completion of these studies will provide the data required for a Phase III registration trial that will be required to market MultiStem for the treatment of acute cardiovascular injury.