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    Fight For Hope | Eric Stevens & Amanda Stevens | TEDxBigSky

    Eric and Amanda Stevens met as collegiate athletes in the University of California-Berkeley. They were married on July 27, 2019 and one month later, to the d...


    ​Diagnosed 03/2015. One sided limb onset (arm) sporadic PMA/MND - now 90% left arm and 90% right arm, plus other bits including both shoulders and also some breathing issues – Campaign contact Winchester and Southampton branch, and trustee of the Association

    "Things turn out the best for people who make the best of the way things turn out"

    Thanks for sharing Andy.

    A very passionate speech by a brave young lady on behalf of her husband and all affected by MND. Let us hope that America accelerates this trial and the treatment if successful becomes available to all. I have been following the story of the Brainstorm treatment for a few years as I receive regular news emails.

    Whilst stem cell treatment is only one of several trials currently worldwide, I am optimistic that the scientists have made huge progress in recent years and that there will be a breakthrough soon.

    Best wishes,
    I’m going to do this even if it kills me!


      Hi folks,

      Latest news from Brainstorm sounds encouraging however it is unlikely to be available through the NHS due to cost.

      BrainStorm Cell Therapeutics and FDA Agree to Potential NurOwn® Regulatory Pathway for Approval in ALS
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      NEW YORK, Feb. 11, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BrainStorm Cell Therapeutics, Inc., (NASDAQ:BCLI), a leading developer of adult stem cell therapies for neurodegenerative diseases, today announced that the Company recently held a high level meeting with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to discuss potential NurOwn® regulatory pathways for approval in ALS. Repeated intrathecal administration of NurOwn (autologous MSC-NTF cells) is currently being evaluated in a fully enrolled Phase 3 pivotal trial in ALS (NCT03280056).

      In the planned meeting with senior Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) leadership and several leading U.S. ALS experts, the FDA confirmed that the fully enrolled Phase 3 ALS trial is collecting relevant data critical to the assessment of NurOwn efficacy. The FDA indicated that they will look at the "totality of the evidence" in the expected Phase 3 clinical trial data. Furthermore, based on their detailed data assessment, they are committed to work collaboratively with BrainStorm to identify a regulatory pathway forward, including opportunities to expedite statistical review of data from the Phase 3 trial.

      Both the FDA and BrainStorm acknowledged the urgent unmet need and the shared goal of moving much needed therapies for ALS forward as quickly as possible.

      “This is a key turning point in our work toward providing ALS patients with a potential new therapy,” said Chaim Lebovits, President and CEO of BrainStorm. “We commend the FDA for its commitment to the ALS community and to facilitating the development, and we ultimately hope, the approval of NurOwn. The entire BrainStorm team is grateful for the ongoing and conscientious collaboration in the quest to beat ALS.”

      Ralph Kern, MD, MHSc, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Medical Officer, stated, “The entire team at BrainStorm has collectively worked to ensure that we conduct the finest, science-based clinical trials. We had the opportunity to communicate with Senior Leadership at the FDA and discuss how we can work together to navigate the approval process forward along a novel pathway. We appreciate their willingness and receptiveness to consider innovative approaches as we all seek to better serve the urgent unmet medical needs of the ALS community.”

      Brian Wallach, Co-Founder of I AM ALS stated: “There is nothing more important to those living with ALS than having access to therapies that effectively combat this fatal disease. We have been working with BrainStorm for months now because we believe that NurOwn is a potentially transformative therapy in this fight. We were privileged to represent the patient voice at this meeting and are truly grateful to the company and the FDA for this critical agreement. This is a truly important moment of hope and we look forward to seeing both the Phase III data and the hopeful approval of NurOwn as soon as is possible.”
      I’m going to do this even if it kills me!