Data presented by the biotech company Athersys indicates that stroke patients treated by an adult stem cell therapy called MultiStem®
did significantly better than others who received a placebo one year after treatment. The results are from a Phase 2 study involving clinical sites in the United States and the United Kingdom, including University Hospitals Case Medical Center. The study examined the safety and effectiveness of the new therapy developed for the treatment of ischemic stroke. The data were presented Feb. 17 at the 2016 International Stroke Conference in Los Angeles.
Of the 65 patients treated with MultiStem®
, 23.1 percent achieved a complete or near full recovery from their stroke after one year. Only 8.2 percent of the 61 placebo patients achieved that level of recovery. Patients who received the cell therapy within 36 hours after the onset of stroke did even better, with 29 percent of those 31 patients achieving an excellent outcome.
Cathy Sila, MD, Director of the Comprehensive Stroke Center at UH Case Medical Center, and Professor of Neurology at Case Western Reserve University, was the principal investigator of the study at UH Case Medical Center.
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