Sub-retinal Transplantation of hESC Derived RPE(MA09-hRPE)Cells in Patients With Stargardt's Macular Dystrophy

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First received: April 28, 2011
Last updated: February 1, 2013
Last verified: February 2013

This is a safety and tolerability trial to evaluate the effect of subretinal injection of human embryonic stem cell derived retinal pigment epithelium cells in patients with Stargardt's Macular Dystrophy (SMD).

Condition Intervention Phase
Stargardt's Macular Dystrophy
Biological: MA09-hRPE Cellular therapy
Phase 1
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Endpoint Classification: Safety Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Official Title: A Phase I/II, Open-Label, Multi-Center, Prospective Study to Determine the Safety and Tolerability of Sub-retinal Transplantation of Human Embryonic Stem Cell Derived Retinal Pigmented Epithelial (MA09-hRPE) Cells in Patients With Stargardt's Macular Dystrophy (SMD)

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • The safety and tolerance of transplantation of hESC-derived RPE cells MA09-hRPE [ Time Frame: 12 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]

    The transplantation of hESC-derived RPE cells MA09-hRPE will be considered safe and tolerated in the absence of:

    • Any grade 2 (NCI grading system) or greater adverse event related to the cell product
    • Any evidence that the cells are contaminated with an infectious agent
    • Any evidence that the cells show tumorigenic potential

  • Safety Assessments [ Time Frame: 12 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
    • Adverse Event and Serious Adverse Event assessment
    • Clinical monitoring
    • Serial vital signs
    • Clinical laboratory tests
    • Directed ophthalmological monitoring
    • Monitoring of RPE cells acceptance/integrity/rejection
    • Monitoring of local and systemic infection
    • Monitoring of tumorigenic cell transformation

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Evidence of successful engraftment [ Time Frame: 12 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

    Evidence of successful engraftment will consist of:

    • Structural evidence (OCT imaging, fluorescein angiography, autofluorescence photography, slit-lamp examination with fundus photography) that cells have been implanted in the correct location
    • Electroretinographic evidence (mfERG) showing enhanced activity in the implant location

Estimated Enrollment: 16
Study Start Date: April 2011
Estimated Study Completion Date: January 2014
Estimated Primary Completion Date: July 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Treatment
Patients will undergo subretinal injection of MA09-hRPE
Biological: MA09-hRPE Cellular therapy

Cohort 1 50,000 cells

Cohort 2 100,000 cells

Cohort 2a Better Vision 100,000 cells

Cohort 3 150,000 cells

Cohort 4 200,000 cells

Detailed Description:

This study is a Phase I/II, open-label, non randomized, sequential, multi-center clinical trial. There will be 5 cohorts, the 4 low vision cohorts will contain 3 patients, the better vision cohort will contain 4 patients. The enrolled cohorts will be as follows:

Three SMD patients- 50,000 MA09-hRPE cells transplanted

Three SMD patients- 100,000 MA09-hRPE cells transplanted

Four Better Vison SMD patients- 100,000 MA09-hRPE cells transplanted

Three SMD patients- 150,000 MA09-hRPE cells transplanted

Three SMD patients- 200,000 MA09-hRPE cells transplanted

Patients will be enrolled sequentially, and within each cohort of 3 patients, each patient's clinical course over the first 6 weeks following cell transplantation will be reviewed by an independent (DSMB) before enrollment is opened for the next 2 patients. A full safety assessment of all 3 patients in each cohort will be made by the DSMB when the 3rd patient in each cohort completes 4 weeks of follow-up, and before the first patient in the next cohort receives a cell transplant. The exception is the better vision group where all patients may be enrolled once DSMB approval has been received.

Each cohort will be enrolled sequentially in turn, with the exception of the better vision cohort which may be enrolled in parallel with the other cohorts.

The day of the cell implantation will be Day 0, and patients will remain in the study until the last visit at 12 months.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Adult male or female over 18 years of age.
  • Clinical diagnosis of advanced SMD.
  • If known, the patient's genotype will be recorded in the medical history, if unknown, patient will allow for the submission of a sample for genotyping.Clinical findings consistent with SMD.
  • The visual acuity of the eye to receive the transplant will be no better than 20/400. The visual acuity of the eye in the better vision cohort to receive the transplant will be no better than 20/100.
  • The visual acuity of the eye that is not to receive the transplant will be no better than 20/400 for the worse vision patients and no worse than 20/100 for the better vision patients.
  • Peripheral visual field constriction documented on standard kinetic visual field testing.
  • Electrophysiological findings consistent with SMD.
  • Medically suitable to undergo vitrectomy and subretinal injection.
  • Medically suitable for general anesthesia or waking sedation, if needed.
  • Medically suitable for transplantation of an embryonic stem cell line:
  • Normal serum chemistry (sequential multi-channel analyzer 20 [SMA- 20]) and hematology (complete blood count [CBC], prothrombin time [PT], and activated partial thromboplastin time [aPTT]) screening tests.
  • Negative urine screen for drugs of abuse.
  • Negative human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis B (HBV), hepatitis C (HCV) serologies.
  • No history of malignancy,with the exception of successfully treated basal cell or squamous cell carcinoma of the skin.
  • Negative cancer screening within previous 6 months:
  • complete history & physical examination;
  • dermatological screening exam for malignant lesions;
  • negative fecal occult blood test & if over age 50 years, negative colonoscopy within previous 7 years;
  • negative chest roentgenogram (CXR);
  • normal CBC & manual differential;
  • negative urinalysis (U/A);
  • normal thyroid exam;
  • if male, normal testicular examination; if over age 40, digital rectal examination (DRE) and prostate specific antigen (PSA);
  • if female, normal pelvic examination with Papanicolaou smear; and
  • if female, normal clinical breast exam and if 40 years of age or older, negative mammogram.
  • If female and of childbearing potential, willing to use two effective forms of birth control during the study.
  • If male, willing to use barrier and spermicide contraception during the study.
  • Willing to defer all future blood, blood component or tissue donation. -Able to understand and willing to sign the informed consent.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • History of malignancy,with the exception of successfully treated basal cell or squamous cell carcinoma of the skin.
  • History of myocardial infarction in previous 12 months.
  • History of diabetes mellitus.
  • Any immunodeficiency.
  • Any current immunosuppressive therapy other than intermittent or low dose corticosteroids.
  • Serologic evidence of infection with Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, or HIV.
  • Current participation in any other clinical trial.
  • Participation within previous 6 months in any clinical trial of a drug by ocular or systemic administration.
  • Any other sight-threatening ocular disease.
  • Any chronic ocular medications.
  • Any history of retinal vascular disease (compromised blood-retinal barrier.
  • Glaucoma.
  • Uveitis or other intraocular inflammatory disease.
  • Significant lens opacities or other media opacity.
  • Ocular lens removal within previous 3 months.
  • If female, pregnancy or lactation.
  • Any other medical condition, which, in the Investigator's judgment, will interfere with the patient's ability to comply with the protocol, compromises patient safety, or interferes with the interpretation of the study results.
  Contacts and Locations
Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01345006

United States, California
Jules Stein Eye Institute, UCLA School of Medicine Recruiting
Los Angeles, California, United States, 90095
Contact: Logan Hitchcock     310-825-3046        
Principal Investigator: Steven Schwartz, MD            
United States, Florida
Bascom Palmer Eye institute Recruiting
Miami, Florida, United States
Contact: Alexis Morante, MS     305-482-5186    
Principal Investigator: Byron Lam, MD            
United States, Pennsylvania
Wills Eye Institute-Mid Atlantic Retina Recruiting
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Contact: Shellie Markun    
Principal Investigator: Carl D Regillo, MD            
Sponsors and Collaborators
Advanced Cell Technology
Principal Investigator: Steven Schwartz, MD Jules Stein Eye Institute, UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA
Principal Investigator: Carl Regillo, MD Wills Eye Institute, Philadelphia, PA
Principal Investigator: Byron Lam, MD Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Miami, FL
  More Information

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Responsible Party: Advanced Cell Technology Identifier: NCT01345006     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: ACT SMD 01 MA09-hRPE
Study First Received: April 28, 2011
Last Updated: February 1, 2013
Health Authority: United States: Food and Drug Administration

Keywords provided by Advanced Cell Technology:
fundus flavimaculatus
juvenile macular dystrophy

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Macular Degeneration
Retinal Degeneration
Retinal Diseases
Eye Diseases processed this record on February 14, 2013