€7.5 Million Granted to Collaborative PROTO Project led by Charité to Study Pluri’s PLX-PAD Cells for Osteoarthritis Treatment
The Phase I/IIa study will be carried out by Charité, Pluri and other members of the international consortium under the leadership of Professor Tobias Winkler, Principal Investigator (PI) at the Berlin Institute of Health Center for Regenerative Therapies, Julius Wolff Institute and Center for Musculoskeletal Surgery. Professor Winkler was also the lead PI in the Phase II and Phase III muscle regeneration studies using Pluri’s PLX-PAD cells.
“Having evaluated PLX-PAD in other advanced-stage clinical studies, we see clear potential for this cell-based product to treat OA,” Professor Winkler said. “The immunomodulatory properties of PLX-PAD appear well suited to address the significant chronic inflammatory components that underly OA pathophysiology, and we are eager to advance the product candidate into a clinical study for this indication. Financial support from Horizon Europe may accelerate this critical process.”
“This award underscores the vast potential of our PLX-PAD cells to treat chronic disease with regenerative medicine,” said Yaky Yanay, Pluri’s CEO and President. “We are proud to expand our collaboration with Professor Winkler and Charité and receive support from Horizon Europe for our platform technology and cell product candidates, as we advance Pluri’s clinical pipeline and seek new cell-based solutions to longstanding health challenges.”