The US Food and Drug Administration's linkurl:decision; to green light a human embryonic stem cell-based therapy for spinal cord injury isn't just good news for the biotech in question, Geron Corp., analysts say -- instead, they argue, the move opens the door to an entire market that has heretofore been stymied. "It's the first clear evidence of the FDA's willingness to permit cells derived from pluripotent stem cells to go into human trials," linkurl:Kenneth Aldrich,; CEO of Oceanside, Calif.-based linkurl:International Stem Cell Corporation,; told __The Scientist__. "It'll make it easier for us and everyone else, because we now have a roadmap. We know what the FDA wants." "What this essentially says is that the FDA is comfortable with trials involving human embryonic stem cells," said linkurl:Robert Lanza,; chief scientific officer of Advanced Cell Technology (ACT), a biotech company in Cambridge, Mass. "Now, others moving forward don't have as high a...

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