Trial Now Active in 13 Clinical Centers in 4 Countries
HAIFA, Israel, July 8, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pluristem Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq:PSTI) (TASE:PLTR), a leading developer of placenta-based cell therapies, today announced the initiation of South Korean sites in the Phase II study assessing PLacental eXpanded (PLX) cells in the treatment of intermittent claudication (IC). Patient screening is now underway at three clinical centers, making South Korea the fourth country to participate in this randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled Phase II trial. The trial has been ongoing at clinical sites in the U.S., Israel and Germany with an enrollment target of 150 patients.
The South Korean part of the study is being conducted by CHA Bio & Diostech (Kosdaq:CHA) under an exclusive licensing agreement for the use of PLX cells for peripheral artery disease (PAD) in South Korea. Under the terms of Pluristem's licensing agreement with CHA, if there is regulatory approval for a PLX product in South Korea Pluristem and CHA will establish a joint venture (JV) co-owned by the parties; they will share the revenues and income generated through sales of PLX cell therapies in the South Korean market. It is estimated that one million people in South Korea suffer from PAD and this number is expected to grow.
"We have a very productive partnership with CHA, as evidenced by our joint clinical program. Initiating our first trial in South Korea is a major milestone. We look forward to reporting further progress on our Phase II IC trial in the South Korean market," stated Pluristem CEO Zami Aberman.
In May, Pluristem received clearance from the South Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) to use PLX cells in South Korean trials.
About Pluristem Therapeutics
Pluristem Therapeutics Inc. is a leading developer of placenta-based cell therapies. The Company's patented PLX (PLacental eXpanded) cells are a protein delivery platform that releases a cocktail of therapeutic proteins in response to inflammatory or ischemic conditions. PLX cells are grown using the Company's proprietary 3D micro-environmental technology and are an "off-the-shelf" product that requires no tissue matching prior to administration.
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