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Derivation of clinical grade transgene-free human iPSC using a newly developed measles reprogramming system for the treatment of diabetes.

Research Grant Recipient: Patricia Devaux, PhD

Grant Period: 2017-2019

Award Value: $250,000

Site: Mayo Clinic

Summary: Dr. Devaux is testing a new way of making human blood cells go back to a state from which they can then develop into other kinds of cells, particularly insulin-producing cells that could help diabetic patients

Year 1 Progress Report:

We have developed a new technology to reprogram human cells to go back to a state from which they can then develop into other kinds of cells. In this first grant period, we have shown that we could reprogram human cells and for the first time showed that these cells can be developed into cells producing insulin. As our technology is based on a strain of Measles virus, one of the safest vaccines in human history, the use of a safe and reliable system to produce insulin-producing cells would have a significant impact in the translation of these cells for patients with types 1 and 2 diabetes.

Grant is in no-cost extension through 8/30/2019.

Patricia Devaux, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Mayo Clinic. She also a researcher with the Gene and Virus Therapy Program, Center for Regenerative Medicine, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, and Molecular Medicine.

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