NeoStem begins research collaboration for Scleroderma skin wound treatment NeoStem announced that it has signed an agreement for a research collaboration investigating the potential of very small embryonic-like stem cells, or VSELs, in treating difficult to heal wounds in an animal model of scleroderma. The collaboration is funded in part by a previously announced $147,765 grant from the Small Business Innovative Research Program for the "Development of Adult Pluripotent Very Small Embryonic Like Stem Cells to Treat Skin Wounds in Scleroderma" from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, or NIH-NIAMS. The study will employ the tight skin mouse to test the potential wound healing capabilities of autologous VSELs in treating difficult to heal skin ulcers characteristic of this disease. Depending on the results of the study, the company may qualify for up to an additional $1.5M phase 2 grant for the indication from NIH-NIAMS.
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