Prof. Simone Spuler, physician and research group leader at the Experimental and Clinical Research Center Charité (ECRC) is a specialist in muscle disorders and muscle research. She and her team have received mentoring and financial support from the SPARK-BIH program since 2018. SPARK-BIH is very excited to see the development of the project from the laboratory to the clinic.
The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) made €3.3 million available to Simone Spuler's team. In the BMBF-funded clinical trial, children with a rare urological condition causing life-long incontinence will be treated by using an autologous muscle stem cells transplant to build new sphincter muscle. The patented method for the generation and multiplication of muscle stem cells has been extensively validated and turned into a product with the support of SPARK-BIH. The first patient will be treated in a few months' time.
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