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Strategic Development of Neural Stem & Progenitor Cell Products (2018)

Strategic Development of Neural Stem and Progenitor Cell Products

Executive Summary



Neurogenesis is the process by which neurons are created. This process is most active during pre-natal development when neurogenesis is responsible for populating the growing brain. Neural stem cells (NSCs) are the self-renewing, multipotent cells that differentiate into the main phenotypes of the nervous system. These cell types include neurons, astrocytes, and oligodendrocytes. Neural progenitor cells (NPCs) are the progeny of stem cell division that normally undergo a limited number of replication cycles in vivo.

In 1992, Reynolds and Weiss were the first to isolate neural stem cells from the striatal tissue of adult mice brain tissue, including the subventricular zone, which is a neurogenic area. Since then, neural progenitor and stem cells have been isolated from various areas of the adult brain, including non-neurogenic areas like the spinal cord, and from other species, including humans.

During the development of the nervous system, neural progenitor cells can either stay in the pool of proliferating undifferentiated cells or exit the cell cycle and differentiate. The past twenty years have seen great advances in neural stem cell research and applications. Researchers have isolated NSCs, which have demonstrated pluripotency and the ability to differentiate into many different immune system cell types.

In addition, NSCs can be regulated both in vitro and in vivo, which represent different commercial product opportunities. Neural stem cells have become of profound interest to the research community due to their potential to be used in drug discovery and delivery applications, as well as for tools of neural toxicology assessment.

NSC transplantation also represents a ground-breaking approach for treating a range of chronic neurological diseases and acute CNS injuries, including Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and spinal cord injury, among other conditions.

Furthermore, neural stem and progenitor cells offer the potential to safely carry out pharmacology assessment for drugs designed to impact brain function or physiology. As tests on human cells become increasingly feasible, the potential grows for companies to develop disease-specific cell assays. As novel drug delivery agents, neural stem cells also show promise in killing gliomas and other cancers.

To facilitate research resulting from these advances, a large and diverse market has emerged for neural stem cell products and services. One thriving component of the neural stem cell marketplace is the market for research tools and supplies. Among these research supply companies, dominant competitors include Thermo Fisher Scientific, Merck Millipore, Cellular Dynamics International (a FujiFilm Company), Ncardia, and STEMCELL Technologies, among others.

While the number of adult stem cell therapies entering clinical trials continues to expand, the development of neural stem cell therapies has been affected by barriers to entry that include patent restrictions, dominance of current competitors, and the complexity of neural stem cell applications. Despite these limitations, more than a dozen companies are pursuing preclinical and clinical programs using neural stem and progenitor cells as tools to address human injury and disease.

Pharmaceutical companies are also demonstrating intense interest in neural stem and progenitor cells. Because of their plasticity, ability to develop into the main phenotypes of the nervous system, and unlimited capacity for self-renewal, NSCs have been proposed for use in a variety of pharmaceutical applications, including:

  • Neurotoxicity testing
  • Cellular therapies to treat central nervous system (CNS) conditions
  • Neural tissue engineering and repair
  • Drug target validation and testing
  • Personalized medicine
For this reason, utilization of neural stem cell products by the pharmaceutical sector represents a thriving segment of the global marketplace. Of interest to this community is the use of neural stem cells to heal tissues that have a naturally limited capacity for renewal, including the human brain and spinal cord tissue.

Furthermore, development of new drugs is extremely costly and the success rate of bringing new compounds to the market is unpredictable. Therefore, it is crucial that pharmaceutical companies minimize late-stage product failures, including unexpected neurotoxic effects, that can arise when candidate drugs enter the clinical testing stages. It is desirable to test candidate drugs using in vitro assays of high human relevance as early as possible. Because neural stem cells have the potential to differentiate into nearly all the main phenotypes of the nervous system, they represent an ideal cell type from which to design such neural screening assays.

Growth into stem cell research has exploded over the past several decades, and the market to supply neural stem cell products and therapies has grown to meet this demand. Claim this 210-page global strategic report to reveal the current and future needs of the NSC marketplace, so you can focus your marketing efforts on profitable products, in promising research areas, within lucrative domestic and international markets.


  • REPORT OVERVIEW
    • Statement of the Report
    • Executive Summary
  • INTRODUCTION
  • STEM CELLS: A BRIEF OVERVIEW
    • Embryonic Stem Cells
    • Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells
    • Types of Specialized Cells Derived from Stem Cells
    • Types of Stem Cells in the Human Body
      • Human Embryonic Stem Cells
      • Embryonic Germ Cells
      • Fetal Stem Cells
      • Umbilical Cord Stem Cells
    • Adult Stem Cells
      • Hematopoietic Stem Cells
      • Mesenchymal Stem Cells
      • Neural Stem Cells
        • Table NSCs, NPCs, and their Lineage-Specific Markers
    • Characteristics of Different Types of Stem Cells
      • Table Characteristics of Different Types of Stem Cells
  • NEURAL STEM CELLS: AN OVERVIEW
    • Sources of NSCs
      • Table Sources of NSCs and Advantages and Disadvantages in their Applications
    • Basal Properties of NSCs Obtained from Different Sources
      • Table Different Types of NSCs and their Basal Properties
      • BMSCs as a Sourse for NSC-Like Cells
      • UCBSCs: Express Pro-Neural Genes and Neural Markers
      • ESCs as a Source for NSCs
      • iPSCs as a Source of NSCs
        • Table Advantages and Disadvantages of iPSCs Utilization
        • Table Methods Used to Generate iPSCs
        • Table Chemicals Used for Neural Differentiation of iPSCs
        • Table Small-Molecule-Based Culture Protocols for Inducing hPSCs Differentiation
        • Table Compounds Used in Neural Stem Cell Research
        • Table Synthetic Compounds Used to Induce NSC Differentiation into Neurons
        • Table Natural Products that Are Known to Affect NSC Survival, Proliferation, and Differentiation
    • Fetal Stem Cell Transplantation for Neurodegenerative Diseases
      • Table Ongoing Clinical Trials of Fetal Stem Cell Transplantation for Neurological Diseases
    • Adult Human Neural Stem Therapeutics
      • Table The Various Methods of Isolation, Culture, and Expansion of aNSCs
      • Current Therapeutic Status of aNSCs
        • Table Preclinical Results (Rat) of aNSCs against Neurodegenerative Diseases
        • Table Trial ID and Title of Current Clinical Trials of aNSCs against Neurodegenerative Diseases
        • Table Trial ID, Cell Source, Location, and Phases of Current Clinical Trials of aNSCs
  • DEGENERATIVE DISEASES WITH POSSIBLE CURE USING NSCS
    • Conventional Treatments for Neurodegenerative Diseases
      • Table Conventional Treatments for Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and Huntington's Diseases
    • NSC-Based and Traditional Approaches for Neurodenerative Diseases
      • Table NSC-Based Approaches for Neurodegenerative Diseases
    • The Wide Gap Between Theory and Practice in NSC Applications
    • Types of NSCs Used for Cell Therapy Approaches
      • Fetal and Adult-Derived NSCs
      • NSCs from Pluripotent Stem Cells
    • Possible Therapeutic Actions of Grafted NSCs in Neurodegenerative Diseases
    • Most Recent Clinical Trials Using NSCs for Neurological Disorders
      • Table Some Recent Clinical Trials Using NSCs for Treating Neurological Diseases
      • Possible Outcome of Clinical Trials
    • Other Clinical Trials Using NSCs for Neurodegenerative Diseases
      • Table NCT Numbers and Titles of Clinical Trials Using NSCs for Neurodegenerative Diseases
      • Table Status of Different Clinical Trials Using NSCs for Neurodegenerative Diseases
    • Neurodevelopmental Disorders and Cell Therapy
      • Clinical Trials for Neurodevelopmental Disorders
        • Table NCT Number and Titles of Clinical Trials for Neurodevelopmental Disorders
        • Table Status of Clinical Trials Using NSCs for Neurodevelopmental Diseases NCT Number Indication Intervention Sponsor Phase
  • SPINAL CORD INJURY AND CELL THERAPY
    • Incidence of Spinal Cord Injury
    • Neurological Level and Extent of Lesion in Spinal Cord Injuries
    • Annual and Lifetime Cost of Treating SCI Patients in the US
      • Table Annual and Lifetime Cost of Treating SCI Patients in the US
    • Medications and Other Treatments for Spinal Cord Injury
      • Table Oral Medications and Other Treatment Options for SCI
    • CIRM Funding for Spinal Cord Injury
      • Table CIRM's Grants Targeting Spinal Cord Injury
    • Cell Therapy for Spinal Cord Injury
      • Table Genes Used for Engineering Cells
      • Studies in Animal Models of Cell Therapy for SCI
        • Table Preclinical SPI Trials Using iPSCs/ESCs for SCI
        • Table Preclinical Spinal Cord Injury Trials Using Mesenchymal Stromal Cells
        • Table Preclinical Spinal Cord Injury Trials Using NSCs/NPCs
        • Table Preclinical SCI Trials Using Olfactory Ensheathing Cells
        • Table Preclinical SCI Trials Using Schwann Cells
    • SCI Models and Effectiveness of Neuronal Regeneration
      • Table SCI Models and Effectiveness of Neuronal Regeneration
    • Clinical Trials Using Stem Cells for Spinal Cord Injury
      • Table Clinical Trials in Different Countries for SCI
  • ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE
    • Incidence of Alzheimer's Disease
    • Projected Number of People Aged 65 and Older with Alzheimer's Disease in the US
    • Cost of Care by Payment Source for US Alzheimer's Patients
      • Total Cost of Health Care, Long-Term Care, and Hospice for US AD Patients
        • Table Total Cost of Health Care, Long-Term Care, and Hospice for US Alzheimer's Patients
    • Currently Available Medications for Alzheimer's Disease
      • Table Currently Available Pharmacologic Therapies for Alzheimer's Disease
    • CIRM Funding for Alzheimer's Research
      • Table CIRM Funding for Alzheimer's Research
    • Transplantation of Stem Cells for AD
      • Table Stem Cell Therapy for AD in Mice Models
      • Gene Therapy for AD
        • Table Gene Therapy for AD
  • PARKINSON'S DISEASE
    • Incidence of Parkinson's Disease
    • CIRM Grants Targeting Parkinson's Disease
      • Table CIRM Grants Targeting Parkinson's Disease
    • Current Medications for PD
      • Table Medications for Motor Symptoms in PD
    • Potential for Cell Therapy in Parkinson's Disease
      • Table Advantages and Disadvantages of Stem Cell Types Used in PD
    • Gene Therapy for PD
      • Table Approaches Used in Current Gene Therapy Clinical Trials for PD
  • AMYOTROPHIC LATERAL SCLEROSIS
    • Incidence of ALS
    • Symptomatic Treatments in ALS Patients
      • Table Symptomatic Treatments in ALS Patients
    • CIRM Grants Targeting ALS
      • Table CIRM Grants Targeting ALS
    • Companies Focusing on Stem Cell Therapy for ALS
      • Table Companies Focusing on Various Strategies for ALS
    • Cell Therapy for ALS
      • Table Examples of Clinical Trials for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
  • MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS
    • Incidence of MS
      • Table Currently Available Medications for MS
    • Medications for MS
    • Neural Stem Cells' Application in Multiple Sclerosis
      • Table Available Studies Related to the Use of NSCs for Multiple Sclerosis
    • Stimulation of Endogenous NSCs with Growth Factors for MS Treatment
      • Table Growth Factors and Secreted Molecules Used for Stimulating Endogenous NSCs
    • CIRM Grants Targeting MS
      • Table CIRM Grants Targeting MS
  • STROKE
    • Incidence of Stroke
    • Currently Available Medication for Stroke
    • Stem Cell-Based Therapies for Stroke
      • Table An Overview of NSC Transplantation Experiments in Ischemic Stroke Models
    • Various Stem Cell Types Used in Stroke Experimental Studies
      • Table Representative Experimental Studies of Various Cell-Based Therapies for Stroke
    • Ongoing Clinical Trials for Stroke Using Stem Cells
      • Table Ongoing Clinical Trials of Cell-Based Therapies for Stroke
    • CIRM Grants Targeting Stroke
      • Table CIRM Grants Targeting Stroke
  • MARKET ANALYSIS
    • Current Stem Cell Landscape
      • Number of Stem Cell Product Candidates
        • Table Number of Therapies by Phase
      • Commercial Stem Cell Therapy Development by Geography
      • Commercially Attractive Therapeutic Areas
        • Table Stem Cell Product Candidates in Various Stages by Therapeutic Area
      • Major Companies Investing in Stem Cell Industry
        • Table Stem Cell Therapies in Phase III and Pre-Registration as of 2015
        • Table Companies with Active Stem Cell Therapy Pipelines
      • Venturing of Big Pharma into Stem Cell Therapy Sector
        • Table Big Pharma's Involvement in Stem Cell Sector
    • Major Clinical Milestones in Cell Therapy Sector
      • TiGenics' Cx601
      • Mesoblast Ltd. and JCR Pharmaceuticals Co., Ltd.
      • Chiesi's Holocar
      • ReNeuron's Retinitis Pigmentosa Cell Therapy Candidate
      • Orphan Drug Designation to Pluristem's PLX-PAD Cells
    • Major Anticipated Cell Therapy Clinical Data Events in 2016
      • Table Major Cell Therapy Clinical Data Events in 2016
    • Global Market for Cell Therapy Products
      • Global Market for Neural Stem Cells
        • Table Global Market for Neural Stem Cells (NSCs), Through 2022
  • SELECTED COMPANY PROFILES
    • Asterias Biotherapeutics, Inc.
      • AST-OPC1
    • Atherdsys Inc.
      • MultiStem Programs
      • Ischemic Stroke
      • Clinical Programs (Stroke Phase II)
    • Axiogenesis AG / Pluriomics (Merged to Form Ncardia)
      • Peri.4U – Human iPS Cell-Derived Peripheral Neurons
      • Dopa.4U – Human iPS Cell-Derived Dopaminergic Neurons
      • CNS.4U—Human iPS Cell-Derived Central Nervous System Cells (in development)
      • Astro.4U—Human iPS Cell-Derived Astrocytes (in development)
    • AxoGen, Inc.
      • Avance Nerve Graft
      • AxoGuard Nerve Connector
      • AxoGuard Nerve Protector
      • AxoTouch Two-Point Discriminator
    • BrainStorm Cell Therapeutics
      • NurOwn in the Clinic
    • Cellular Dynamics International, Inc.
      • iCell Neurons
      • iCell Astrocytes
      • iCell DopaNeurons
    • Celther Polska
      • Cell Lines
    • Cellartis AB
      • hESC-Derived Mesenchymal Progenitor Cells
      • Human Neural Stem Cells
      • Culture System for iPSC
    • CellCure Neurosciences Ltd.
      • Technology
      • New Candidate Treatment for Retinal Diseases
    • Celvive, Inc.
      • Spinal Cord Injury
      • Research and Development
    • Merck Millipore
      • Human Neural Stem Lines
    • International Stem Cell Corporation
      • Neural Stem Cells
    • Kadimastem Ltd.
      • Drug Discovery for Neural Diseases
      • Human Oligodendrocyte Drug-Screening Assays
    • Living Cell Technologies Limited
      • NTCELL
    • MEDIPOST
      • NEUROSTEM
    • Neuralstem Inc.
      • Table Neuralstem Inc.'s Cell Therapy Products in Development
      • NSI-566 for ALS
      • NSI-566 for SCI
      • NSI-566 for Ischemic Stroke
    • NeuroGeneration Inc.
      • Drug Discovery
      • Biotherapeutics
    • Neurona Therapeutics Inc.
      • Technology
    • Ocata Therapeutics Inc. (Acquired by Astellas Pharma for $379M in November 2015)
      • Focus on Neuroscience
    • Opexa Therapeutics, Inc.
      • Tcelna
      • OPX-212
      • Abili-T Clinical Study
        • Table Opexa's Product Pipeline
    • ReNeuron Group PLC
      • Products and Technologies
        • Table ReNeuron's Pipeline Candidates
      • CTX Cells
      • Human Retinal Progenitor Cells
      • Exosome Platform
      • ReNcell Products
    • RhinoCyte, Inc.
      • Research
    • Roslin Cells Ltd.
      • Custom iPSC Generation
    • SanBio, Inc.
      • SB623
      • SB618
        • Table SanBio's Product Pipeline
    • Saneron CCEL Therapeutics Inc.
      • U-CORD-CELL Program
      • SERT-CELL Program
    • StemCells, Inc.
      • Clinical Programs
      • HuCNS-SC (human neural stem cells)
      • Proof of Concept
      • Proof of Safety and Initial Efficacy
      • Spinal Cord Injury
      • Age-Related Macular Degeneration
      • Pelizaeus-Merzbacher Disease
      • Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis
    • Stemedica Cell Technologies, Inc.
      • Technology
      • Products
    • STEMCELL Technologies, Inc.
      • Cell Culture Media for NSC and Progenitor Cells
        • Table STEMCELL Technologies' Cell Culture Media for NSCs
    • Talisman Therapeutics Ltd.
    • Xcelthera INC
      • Technology Platforms
      • PluriXcel-DCS Technology
      • PluriXcel-SMI Technology
      • PlunXcel-SMI Neuron Technology
      • PluriXcel-SMI Heart Technology
      • Products
  • Globally Distributed Stem Cell and Cell Therapy Companies

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