Stem Cells in Ophthalmology Update 28: First Ophthalmic Stem Cell Treatment Recommended for Approval

On December 19th, the European Medicines Agency's (EMA's) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) recommended the stem cell product Holoclar (Chiesi Farmaceutici S.p.A.)  as a first-ever medicinal treatment for severe limbal stem cell deficiency, a condition caused by physical or chemical burns to the eye or eyes in adults, which can result in blindness.

The EMA has designated Holoclar as both an orphan medicine and an advanced therapy medicinal product, which enabled the manufacturer to receive free scientific advice and protocol assistance for drug development. The CHMP recommendation was based on an assessment by the expert (Read more...)

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