Vertex's cell therapy gives early hope for weaning some type 1 diabetes patients from insulin
A radical new way of treating type 1 diabetes keeps producing promising early data, raising hopes that a cell therapy might one day become a cure for the disease.
The data, from a small trial, are the most advanced clinical results yet from Vertex Pharmaceuticals’ VX-880 program, which consists of an infusion of lab-grown, insulin-producing cells made from stem cells. Most notably, the newest results include two patients with over a year of follow-up, each of whom have shown significant drops in their A1C blood sugar levels and no severe hypoglycemic events, and remain free from using insulin as of a May data cut-off. Data from three additional patients, who received the therapy more recently, are following a similar trajectory.
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