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News Release - September 5, 2017
FDA Grants Orphan Drug Status to Cellect's ApoGraft(TM) for Acute GvHD and Chronic GvHDApoGraft™ aims to solve Bone Marrow Transplantation (BMT) and other transplant rejection associated diseases
Cellect's CEO, Dr. Shai Yarkoni commented "We may provide the answer to a great unmet clinical need causing severe morbidity and death in thousands of patients worldwide. The Orphan Drug status gives us 7 years exclusivity following approval as well as other advantages for ApoGraft™ commercialization."
TEL AVIV, Israel, Sept. 5, 2017 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- Cellect Biotechnology Ltd. (NASDAQ: APOP), a developer of stem cells selection technology, announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted orphan drug designation for Cellect's ApoGraft™ for the prevention of acute and chronic graft versus host disease(GvHD) in transplant patients.
GvHD is a transplant associated disease representing an outcome of two immune systems crashing into each other. In many transplantations from donors, and especially in Bone Marrow Transplantations (BMT), the transplanted immune mature cells (as opposed to stem cells) attack the host (patient receiving the transplant) and create severe morbidity and in many cases even death.
This disease happens as a result of current practices being unable to separate the GvHD causing cells from the much needed stem cells. Cellect's ApoGraft™ was designed to eliminate immune responses in any transplantation of foreign cells and tissues.
Cellect's AppoGraft technology can be utilized already today to help thousands of development and research centers globally engaged in adult stem cells based therapeutics by providing them with a simplified and cost efficient enriched stem cells for use as a raw material for a wide range of stem cells based therapeutics R&D. Before Cellect's ApoGraft, such procedures were extremely complex, inefficient and required substantial resources in both cost, time and infrastructure requirements. ApoGraft can now be used to significantly advance the use of stem cells across multiple therapeutics indications as well as research and biobanking purposes.
The FDA Orphan Drug Act provides incentives for companies to develop products for rare diseases affecting fewer than 200,000 people in the United States. Incentives may include tax credits related to clinical trial expenses, an exemption from the FDA user fee, FDA assistance in clinical trial design and potential market exclusivity for seven years following approval.
About Cellect Biotechnology Ltd.
Cellect Biotechnology (NASDAQ: "APOP", "APOPW") has developed a breakthrough technology for the selection of stem cells from any given tissue that aims to improve a variety of stem cell applications.
The Company's technology is expected to provide pharma companies, medical research centers and hospitals with the tools to rapidly isolate stem cells in quantity and quality that will allow stem cell related treatments and procedures. Cellect's technology is applicable to a wide variety of stem cell related treatments in regenerative medicine and that current clinical trials are aimed at the cancer treatment of bone marrow transplantations.
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