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OBJECT The authors describe the first clinical trial with encapsulated cell biodelivery (ECB) implants that deliver nerve growth factor (NGF) to the cholinergic basal forebrain with the intention of halting the degeneration of cholinergic neurons and the associated cognitive decline in patients with Alzheimer disease (AD). The NsG0202 implant (NsGene A/S)(More)
Protein injection studies of the glial cell line derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) family member Neurturin (NTN) have demonstrated neuroprotective effects on dopaminergic (DA) neurons, which are selectively lost during Parkinson's disease (PD). However, unlike GDNF, NTN has not previously been applied in PD models using an in vivo gene therapy approach.(More)
BACKGROUND Deep brain stimulation (DBS) in experimental animals has promoted new indications and refined existing treatments. Implantation of downscaled clinical DBS leads directly compatible with commercially available implantable pulse generators can however be challenging. Accordingly, we have developed a lead implantation device (LID) and technique for(More)
PURPOSE Encapsulated cell (EC) biodelivery is a promising, clinically relevant technology platform to safely target the delivery of therapeutic proteins to the central nervous system. The purpose of this study was to evaluate EC biodelivery of the novel neurotrophic factor, Meteorin, to the striatum of rats and to investigate its neuroprotective effects(More)
Nerve Growth Factor (NGF) has therapeutic effects on the cholinergic neurodegeneration in Alzheimer's disease (AD). We have previously described an implantable Encapsulated Cell Biodelivery™ device, NsG0202, capable of local delivery of NGF to the human cholinergic basal forebrain. Results from a small Phase 1b clinical study showed that the NGF dose could(More)
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