ViaCyte to Participate in International Pancreas & Islet Transplantation Association Virtual Congress
SAN DIEGO, Oct. 19, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Evert Kroon, Ph.D., Vice President of Translation Research at ViaCyte, Inc., an innovator in cellular therapy and regenerative medicine, will participate in the International Pancreas & Islet Transplantation Association (IPITA) Virtual Congress' session, "Islet Organoids From Pluripotent and Adult Stem Cells" on Friday, October 22, 2021 from 8:05-9:05 a.m. ET. IPITA 2021 will feature cutting-edge clinical data and updates on state-of-the-art research to the pancreas and islet transplant scientific community.
Dr. Kroon's presentation, "Results of a first-in-human clinical trial of encapsulated hESC-derived pancreatic progenitors," highlights recent advances for the ViaCyte stem-cell derived islet replacement therapy program.
ViaCyte is the first company to demonstrate a meaningful clinical improvement in a patient with type 1 diabetes (T1D) implanted with stem cell-derived pancreatic cells. The data show that ViaCyte's implanted pancreatic progenitor cells survive, differentiate, and produce endogenous insulin as seen by clinically relevant increases in glucose-responsive C-peptide levels.
"These data clearly demonstrate C-peptide production, increased time in range, and reduction of A1C in a trial participant, indicating production and secretion of insulin," said Dr. Kroon. "This is an exciting milestone for ViaCyte's PEC-Direct (VC-02) product candidate as well as for the stem cell therapy field in general, delivering proof-of-concept that brings us closer to realizing a functional cure for type 1 diabetes."
Dr. Kroon has served in several scientific and leadership roles at the company for 18 years. Prior to ViaCyte, Dr. Kroon conducted research at Montreal Clinical Research Institute. He received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from UT Southwestern Medical Center.
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