Novocell Gets $20 Million Award

10/29/09

San Diego’s Novocell has received a disease team award totaling $20 million from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) to fund work on its cell therapy for type 2 diabetes. The team includes scientists at the University of California, San Francisco, which will receive $2.8 million. Novocell’s research involves transforming embryonic stem cells into insulin-secreting beta cells that can be implanted into patients as an alternative to insulin injections. Novocell, a venture-backed company, told CIRM it would be ready to begin clinical trials in three years, but CIRM scientific reviewers said a more realistic estimate was four years.

Denise Gellene is a former Los Angeles Times science writer and regular contributor to Xconomy. You can reach her at dgellene@xconomy.com Follow @

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