Los Angeles, CA-- December 4, 2017-- Dr. Justin Ichida, co-founder and President of AcuraStem, Inc, was honored with the "Commitment to a Cure" award by the ALS Association Golden West Chapter at the organization's "Champions for Care and A Cure" event on Saturday, December 2, 2017.
The award recognizes Dr. Ichida's "pioneering work to convert patients’ skin cells into disease-affected neural cells, enabling them to screen thousands of drug-like compounds in search of potential therapeutics that could slow or stop ALS." In addition to his work at AcuraStem, Dr. Ichida has led cutting-edge research as an Assistant Professor of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine at the University of Southern California (USC), and as a Robertson Stem Cell Investigator at the New York Stem Cell Foundation.
The Golden West Chapter also presented its Spotlight Award and Cornerstone Award at the event, which is dedicated to raising awareness and conquering amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
Proceeds from the event, which took place at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows in Santa Monica, CA, will provide funding in the areas of ALS care services, public policy, and cutting-edge research. The Golden West Chapter provides services to more than 1,500 people with ALS and their families in 31 California counties and the state of Hawaii.
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About AcuraStem Incorporated
AcuraStem has developed a breakthrough precision medicine platform called iNeuroRx, which leverages patient stem cells and advanced machine learning technology to discover drugs for neurodegenerative diseases. AcuraStem has utilized this platform to identify innovative ALS targets and has generated a preclinical lead candidate (AS-1) that they are advancing to the clinic. AS-1 has strong genetic validation, a novel mechanism of action, and demonstrated proof of concept in animal studies.
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