for people ages 18-60 (full criteria)
at Irvine, California and other locations
study started
estimated completion
Principal Investigator
by Namita A. Goyal, MD



This study will evaluate the safety and efficacy of repeated administration of NurOwn® (MSC-NTF cells) therapy, which is based on transplantation of autologous bone marrow derived mesenchymal stromal cells (MSC), which are enriched from the patient's own bone marrow, propagated ex vivo and induced to secrete Neurotrophic factors (NTFs). The autologous NurOwn® (MSC-NTF cells) are back-transplanted into the patient intrathecally by standard lumbar puncture where neurons and glial cells are expected to take up the neurotrophic factors secreted by the transplanted cells

Official Title

A Phase 3, Randomized Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Multicenter Study to Evaluate Efficacy and Safety of Repeated Administration of NurOwn® (Autologous Mesenchymal Stem Cells Secreting Neurotrophic Factors) in Participants With ALS


Neurotrophic factors (NTFs) are potent survival factors for embryonic, neonatal, and adult neurons and are considered potential therapeutic candidates for ALS. Delivery of multiple NTFs to the immediate environment of afflicted neurons in ALS patients is expected to improve their survival and thus slow down disease progression and alleviate symptoms. NTF-secreting mesenchymal stromal cells (MSC-NTF cells) are a novel cell-therapeutic approach aimed at effectively delivering NTFs directly to the site of damage in ALS patients. Participants meeting the inclusion and exclusion criteria will be randomized and will undergo bone-marrow aspiration. MSC of the participants randomized to the treatment group will be induced into MSC-NTF cells. Participants will undergo a total of three intrathecal (IT) transplantations with NurOwn® (MSC-NTF cells) or matching placebo at three bi-monthly intervals


Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) MSC Autologous Neurotrophic factors Motor Neuron Disease Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis NurOwn® (MSC-NTF cells)


You can join if…

Open to people ages 18-60

  • ALS diagnosed as possible, laboratory-supported probable, probable, or definite as defined by revised El Escorial criteria.
  • Having onset of ALS disease symptoms, including limb weakness within 24 months at the Screening Visit.
  • ALSFRS-R ≥ 25 at the screening Visit.
  • Upright slow vital capacity (SVC) measure ≥ 65% of predicted for gender, height, and age at the screening Visit.
  • Rapid progressors
  • Participants taking a stable dose of Riluzole are permitted in the study
  • Citizen or permanent resident of the United States or Canadian citizen able to travel to a US site for all follow-up study visits

You CAN'T join if...

  • Prior stem cell therapy of any kind
  • History of autoimmune or other serious disease (including malignancy and immune deficiency) that may confound study results
  • Current use of immunosuppressant medication or anticoagulants (per Investigator discretion)
  • Exposure to any other experimental agent or participation in an ALS clinical trial within 30 days prior to Screening Visit
  • Use of RADICAVA (edaravone injection) within 30 days of screening or intent to use edaravone at any time during the course of the study including the follow up period
  • Use of non-invasive ventilation (BIPAP), diaphragm pacing system or invasive ventilation (tracheostomy)
  • Feeding tube
  • Pregnant women or women currently breastfeeding


  • University of California Irvine Alpha Stem Cell Clinic
    Irvine California 92697 United States
  • Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
    Los Angeles California 90048 United States

Lead Scientist at UC Irvine

  • Namita A. Goyal, MD
    Associate Clinical Professor, Neurology. Authored (or co-authored) 33 research publications.


in progress, not accepting new patients
Start Date
Completion Date
Brainstorm-Cell Therapeutics
Phase 3
Study Type
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