Patients With Better Vision to be Enrolled in Advanced Cell Technology’s Clinical Trials for Macular Degeneration
1/22/2013 9:29:03 AM
MARLBOROUGH, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Advanced Cell Technology, Inc. (“ACT”; OTCBB: ACTC or the “Company”), a leader in the field of regenerative medicine, announced today that it is amending the patient treatment protocol for the remainder of the Company’s Phase I clinical trials for Stargardt’s macular dystrophy (SMD) and dry age-related macular degeneration (dry AMD) currently being conducted in the U.S. and will also submit an amendment in Europe for the SMD trial being conducted there. Patients with better vision, a visual acuity of 20/100, will be eligible for enrollment in the remainder of the trials. By treating patients earlier in the course of the disease, the Company believes that the amended patient protocol will have a more significant impact on photoreceptor rescue and visual function. In previous protocols, only SMD patients with a visual acuity no better than hand movement in the treated eyes and dry AMD patients with a visual acuity of 20/400 were eligible.