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Athersys, Fast Forward to collaborate on MS treatment
December 2011
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CLEVELAND, OhioŚAthersys Inc. has announced an alliance with Fast Forward LLC, a nonprofit subsidiary of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, to fund the development of Athersys' MultiStem adult stem cell platform for the treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS). Fast Forward will provide up to $640,000 in funding for the program's advancement to clinical stage, and will provide funding for the preclinical testing of MultiStem in murine models of MS to support the submission of an investigation new drug application to the FDA, with an aim of securing authorization for a clinical trial treating patients diagnosed with chronic progressive MS with MultiStem. If certain pre-determined development milestones are reached, Fast Forward will receive milestone payments from Athersys. Athersys will collaborate with Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine under the leadership of Dr. Robert H. Miller, vice president of research on this project.


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