Many scientists believed a single, effective treatment for all patients wouldn't be possible, instead focusing on genetic forms of disease, but AcuraStem is showing how it can be done.
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Fierce Biotech featured AcuraStem's pioneering work with PIKFYVE inhibitors in a recent article highlighting promising developments in treating both genetic and sporadic forms of ALS. The article discusses two recent studies led by Dr. Justin Ichida's lab at USC and the AcuraStem team that have identified drug candidates with potential to transform the disease course for a larger patient population beyond those with known genetic causes of ALS.
A recent study published in the journal Cell Stem Cell and co-authored by AcuraStem CEO Sam Alworth, M.S., MBA, and AcuraStem co-founder Justin Ichida, Ph.D., et al., shows that suppressing the gene encoding spliceosome-associated factor SYF2 may alleviate symptoms of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and improve neuron survival in both sporadic and genetic forms of the disease.
AcuraStem announced today that CEO Sam Alworth, will present on the company’s latest advances in the development of a PIKFYVE antisense oligonucleotide (ASO) therapeutic for diverse forms of ALS and FTD at the 13th annual California ALS Research Summit
Dr. Wen-Hsuan Chang, AcuraStem’s Head of Target Validation to present at the 33rd International Symposium on ALS/MND
Dr. Wen-Hsuan Chang, AcuraStem’s Head of Target Validation to present at the 33nd International Symposium on ALS/MND being held virtually on December 6-9, 2022. Dr. Chang will detail AcuraStem’s development program leveraging its best-in-class iNeuroRx® platform, composed of patient-derived disease models that accurately recapitulate UNC13A pathology, to develop novel and potent UNC13A antisense oligonucleotide (ASO) drug candidates. UNC13A is one of the most significant genetic risk factors for ALS and FTD.
Team AcuraStem is honored to continue its partnership with Team Nanci and the ALS Association Golden West Chapter in the fight against ALS as a sponsor of the Greater Los Angeles Walk to Defeat ALS® on Sunday, November 6, at Exposition Park in Los Angeles.
AcuraStem’s Development Candidate AS-202 Demonstrates Excellent Safety and Potency in Preclinical Models Representing Diverse Forms of ALS
AcuraStem (acurastem.com), a patient-based drug discovery platform company developing novel therapeutics for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and neurodegenerative diseases, announced the results of extensive preclinical studies on its lead program, AS-202, for ALS patients. The data were presented at the Motor Neuron Disease Association 32nd International Symposium on ALS/MND on December 9, by AcuraStem’s Head of Research, Wen-Hsuan Chang, Ph.D.
Scientific Cofounder, Dr. Justin K. Ichida, and Head of Research, Dr. Wen-Hsuan Chang to present at the 32nd International Symposium on ALS/MND, being held virtually on December 7-10, 2021
AcuraStem will present posters at the 32nd International Symposium on ALS/MND.
The CMT Research Foundation today announced it has partnered with AcuraStem, a patient-based drug discovery platform company, and Dr. Alessandra Bolino, to test a new drug to fight CMT4B1. Dr. Alessandra Bolino, who will lead the research and testing, is a renowned expert in CMT and head of the Human Inherited Neuropathies Unit at the prestigious research hospital Ospedale San Raffaele in Milan.
AcuraStem has received an Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Research Pro-gram (ALSRP) Therapeutic Development Award from the Department of Defense, Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) totaling $1 million.
“We are excited to add our collaborator Dr. Robert Bowser to our advisory board. Bob is a worldwide leader in ALS biomarker development. His expertise will be critical as we look to validate key, CNS-specific, mechanistic biomarkers for our PIKFYVE programs,” said Sam Alworth, co-founder and chief executive officer of AcuraStem.
AcuraStem CEO to Present at Translational Solutions’ Virtual Investor and Innovator Conference on Accelerating Innovations and Investments in Rare and Orphan Diseases in Partnership with the Keiretsu Forum Canada and Episome
Sam Alworth, has been invited to present at Translational Solutions’ Virtual Investor...
AcuraStem Team Participates as Mentor Sponsors at the 10th Annual ALS Research Summit in Los Angeles, CA
The California ALS Research Summit held on Jan 24-25, 2020 was the tenth annual gathering of researchers, investigators, clinicians, biotech companies, government representatives, partner organizations, and advocates in ALS and related fields in the State of California. AcuraStem was proud to be on hand as mentor sponsors.
Nov 8-10, 2019, Shanghai, China: Co-Founders Sam Alworth and Dr. Qing Liu will be speaking on November 9th, 2019 at this prestigious summit for innovators on the "Future of Drug Discovery for CNS Indications."
AcuraStem Partners with Team Nanci and The ALS Association Golden West Chapter at LA Walk to Defeat ALS
AcuraStem was honored to once again partner with Team Nanci and the ALS Association Golden West Chapter in the fight against ALS as a sponsor of the 17th Annual Los Angeles County Walk to Defeat ALS® on Sunday, November 3, at Exposition Park in Los Angeles.
Nov 3rd, 2019, Walk to Defeat ALS, Golden West Chapter: Team AcuraStem is fundraising for Team Nanci and the whole team will walk in LA on November 3rd. Come by our booth!
October 26th, 2019, UCLA California NanoSystems Institute: CEO, Co-Founder Sam Alworth Presenting at the 5th Annual BCLA Biotech Summit "Mapping out LA’s Biotech Landscape"
AcuraStem Triggers $3M Phase II Fast Track SBIR Grant to Accelerate Preclinical Development of its AS-1 Program for ALS
AcuraStem announced today that the company has triggered Phase II funding worth $3 million from its Fast Track Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant awarded by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
One of the compounds in a series under development by AcuraStem for ALS, was administered to a neuronal cell line derived from a patient with CMT2A, and showed improved cell survival resulting in the identification as a promising new, preclinical drug candidate for CMT2A
MDA has awarded an MVP grant totaling $300,000 over two years to AcuraStem to support preclinical development of a novel small molecule therapeutic for ALS.
CMTRF Inks Milestone-Driven Partnership with AcuraStem to Repurpose Established Drugs for the Treatment of Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease
CMT Research Foundation announced today it has entered into a collaborative research partnership with AcuraStem to test thousands of compounds aimed at producing effective treatments for Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease.
Academy Award-winning actress Renee Zellweger encourages the audience to learn more about AcuraStem’s research work in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) at the 16th Annual ALS Association Walk to Defeat ALS at Exposition Park in Los Angeles
AcuraStem Joins Team Nanci and The ALS Association Golden West Chapter at LA Walk to Defeat ALS Sunday, Nov. 4
AcuraStem will join in the fight against ALS as a sponsor of the 16th Annual Los Angeles County Walk to Defeat ALS® on Sunday, November 4, at Exposition Park in Los Angeles. The team will walk with “Team Nanci” and be on hand at the AcuraStem booth to talk to patients and families affected by Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) about its mission and research underway.
AcuraStem has announced the members of its Scientific Board of Advisors comprised of PhDs, professors, tech entrepreneurs, and successful drug company veterans.
AcuraStem announces the addition of Monica Zhou, Ph.D. to their team as Principal Scientist. Zhou is in charge of industrializing the expansion of AcuraStem’s groundbreaking iNeuroRx platform and its multiple applications, ensuring their accuracy and efficiency.
AcuraStem Receives Fast-Track SBIR Grant for the Development of a Novel Small Molecule Therapy to Treat ALS
AcuraStem a fast-growing and innovative biotech company located in Monrovia, California, has been awarded a $3.7 million Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Fast-Track grant (#R44NS105156) by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) to continue research for the development of a small molecule therapeutic, “AS2015”, focused on treating patients with the genetic form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD) caused by expansion repeats in the gene C9ORF72.
AcuraStem is pleased to announce that it has been selected as a finalist in the 2018 Start-Up Stadium event at the BIO International Convention, June 4-7 in Boston.
Dr. Justin K. Ichida was recently profiled by Seema Sharma with Mendeley as a part of their series on stem cells and regenerative medicine. In the interview Dr. Ichida discusses his research, career path, and shares advice for those seeking a transition from postdoctoral to tenure-track.
In a recently published article for The Hollywood Reporter, Acurastem co-founder Dr. Justin Ichida shares a personal account of how famed publicist and ALS patient Nanci Ryder, and her friends in the fight, have helped to accelerate groundbreaking in vitro research being done at his USC-based laboratory (results of which were published in a recent Nature Medicine article).
AcuraStem co-founder Justin Ichida co-authored the groundbreaking research paper "Haploinsufficiency leads to neurodegeneration in C9ORF72 ALS/FTD human induced motor neurons," published in Nature Medicine February 5.
This two-day event, which immediately precedes Rare Disease Day on February 28, 2018, will be held at the Icagen Oro Valley location (North of Tucson). The Symposium will feature presentations from a mix of academic and industry speakers from the pharmaceutical and biotechnology communities as well as key opinion leaders from foundations committed to the identification, treatment, and cure of rare diseases.
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."
AcuraStem has been awarded a $225 thousand Phase I SBIR grant by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health. The grant will fund continued research of AcuraStem’s laboratory models of age-associated ALS, supporting the evaluation of different molecular methods to create motor neurons in the laboratory that more accurately reproduce the ALS disease state in aged patients.
California has confidence in AcuraStem. AcuraStem is one of 90 companies selected for a unique California tax benefit.
The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) announced that the California Competes Tax Credit (CCTC) committee approved $69 million in tax credits for 90 companies projected to create 6,236 jobs and make $1.2 billion worth of new capital equipment investments across California.
At the 15th Annual LA County Walk to Defeat ALS on October 15, 2017, Justin walked as a member of Team Nanci, alongside teammates Renee Zellweger, Courtney Cox, Matt Bomer, and others.