CytoTherapeutics Inc. said Patrick Aebischer, a foundingscientist of the company, reported that Phase I trialsdemonstrated that its CereCRIB implant for severe chronic painwas performed safely in three cancer patients.
The trial results were reported at the Eighth World Congress onPain in Paris. CytoTherapeutics (NASDAQ:CYTO) of Providence,R.I., said the study is designed to determine the safety of theimplant procedure, as well as the 30-day survival ofencapsulated, non-human (xenogeneic) cells that have beentransplanted into patients with intractable pain.
Implants retrieved from two of the trial patients after a periodof up to 60 days showed viable cells within the capsule, thecompany said. Two of the patients reported pain relief,including a reduction in narcotic usage, during the study.
The company said it expects complete results from the trial tobe available by the end of the year.
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