Biostage awarded $1.1 million Phase II NIH SBIR Fast-Track grant to develop Cellspan™ Esophageal Implant (CEI) as a novel treatment for pediatric esophageal atresia
HOLLISTON, Mass., Nov. 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Biostage, Inc (OTCQB: BSTG), a biotechnology company developing bioengineered organ implants to treat life-threatening conditions of the esophagus, bronchus and trachea, today announced it has been awarded $1.1 million from Phase II of its previously-announced Fast-Track Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development of the National Institutes of Health. The grant funding will support Biostage's development and testing of its Cellspan™ Esophageal Implant (CEI) for treatment of neonatal esophageal atresia. Biostage's Sumati Sundaram, PhD and Christine Finck, MD, FACS, and Surgeon-In-Chief at Connecticut Children's Medical Center are the principle investigators on this grant.
Jim McGorry, CEO of Biostage, commented, "There is a tremendous unmet medical need in children suffering from esophageal atresia. Children born with a gap between their upper and lower esophagus face multiple complications and a reduced quality of life. Biostage's Cellframe™ technology has the potential to be a transforming alternative for these kids where there currently exists no standard of care. Our scientific advisory board, comprised of esteemed pediatric surgeons, believes our technology will provide a novel approach to treating these underserved kids. Biostage has been granted orphan designation in esophageal atresia and continues to work with the FDA and our investigators to advance our technology to the clinic. We are delighted for this scientific and financial validation."
Dr. Christine Finck, Surgeon-In-Chief, Connecticut Children's, stated, "Our hospital is committed to translating this novel technology to the clinic to address esophageal atresia in children. There is a tremendous unmet medical need for children suffering with esophageal atresia in the United States and across the world. This technology has the potential to dramatically improve their care and condition. This grant supports scientific investigation as we optimize and get ready for FDA submission."
Biostage recently completed Phase I of the SBIR Fast-Track grant of $225,000 that was awarded in March 2018. The Phase II award totaling $1.1 million will support development and testing through September 2019. An additional $0.5 million award is potentially available for the following year subject to availability of NIH funds at that time.
About Biostage, Inc.
Biostage is a biotechnology company developing bioengineered organ implants based on the Company's Cellframe™ technology which combines a proprietary biocompatible scaffold with a patient's own stem cells to stimulate tissue regeneration in certain organs. Cellspan™ implants are being developed to treat life-threatening conditions of the esophagus, bronchus or trachea with the hope of dramatically improving the treatment paradigm for patients. Based on its preclinical data, Biostage plans to address life-threatening conditions of the esophagus with the initial clinical applications of its technology.
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