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Aastrom Biosciences begins controlled clinical trial for cord blood therapy in leukemia patients.

Aastrom Biosciences, Inc., Ann Arbor, MI, announced it has begun enrolling patients in a controlled clinical trial to evaluate its CB-1 cord blood cell therapy in the treatment of adult leukemia patients. The multi-centered trial is designed to assess the effect that CB-1 cord blood cells can have on enabling successful recovery of normal blood and immune system function following aggressive chemotherapy or radiation therapy.

The company says the trial will evaluate the use of CB-1 cord blood cells to increase the number of cells available for transplant in patients that would not otherwise have enough cells for transplant. The results, if positive, could lead to a new treatment for many leukemia patients who cannot find a suitable bone marrow donor, or for patients that lack a sufficient quantity of cells available, Aastrom says.

Aastrom reports the trial is being conducted under an IDE from FDA and will be conducted at up to 6 sites. The study will enroll adult patients with hemotological malignancies, including those who might otherwise either not be treated, or would receive a sub-standard dose of cord blood stem cells, following myeloablative drug and radiation therapy.

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Date:Feb 28, 2001
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