Safety and Tolerability of Sub-retinal Transplantation of hESC Derived RPE (MA09-hRPE) Cells in Patients With Advanced Dry Age Related Macular Degeneration (Dry AMD)

General Information

Summary 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 dry Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and to perform exploratory evaluation of potential efficacy endpoints to be used in future studies retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) cellular therapy.
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 AMD patients- 50,000 MA09-hRPE cells transplanted Three AMD patients- 100,000 MA09-hRPE cells transplanted Four Better Vision AMD patients- 100,000 MA09-hRPE cells transplanted Three AMD patients- 150,000 MA09-hRPE cells transplanted Three AMD 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.
Clinical trials phase Phases 1/2
Start date (estimated) 2011-04-01
End date (estimated) 2015-08-31
Clinical feature
Label atrophic macular degeneration
Description Dry AMD is most common type of macular degeneration and affects 90% of the people who have the condition. In the dry form, there is a breakdown or thinning of the layer of retinal pigment epithelial cells (RPE) in the macula. No medical or surgical treatment is available for this condition.

Administrative Information

NCT number NCT01344993
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Other study identifiers
Name 7316-CL-0002
Name ACT MA09-hRPE AMD-001
Description (Other Identifier: Sponsor)
Source weblink
Regulatory body approval
Name Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
United States
Public contact
Public email
Last name Study Director: Global Therapeutic Area Head & Chief Medical Officer, Astellas Institute for Regenerative Medicine
United States
Sponsors Astellas Pharma Inc.

Cell Line

Stem cell lines obtained from


Recruitment Status Completed
Estimated number of participants 13