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Included in the issued patents are those covering differentiation of pluripotent stem cells to hematopoietic progenitors and differentiation of pluripotent stem cells to immature and mature dendritic cells, providing key patent protection to the Company’s allogeneic (non-patient specific) cancer immunotherapy AST-VAC2 program. Other issued patents cover various aspects of culture and expansion of undifferentiated stem cells, providing support for both AST-VAC2 and the Company’s AST-OPC1 product candidate which is currently being evaluated in the Company’s Phase 1/2a clinical program for severe spinal cord injury. Additional issued patents cover differentiation of pluripotent stem cells to various other lineages, including neural cells such as dopaminergic neurons, cardiomyocytes, and hepatocytes.
“We are excited about these new patents as they provide additional protection for certain aspects of the AST-VAC2 manufacturing process and support scalable processes of culturing pluripotent stem cells,” said
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