Organovo, a biotechnology company pioneering the development of 3D bioprinted tissues aimed at treating a range of serious adult and pediatric liver diseases, has entered into a cell and tissue clinical sourcing agreement with the International Institute for the Advancement of Medicine (IIAM). Under the terms of the agreement, IIAM will provide Organovo with donated organs that have not been utilized for transplantation with high potential benefit for generating the cell-based building blocks for Organovo’s therapeutic liver tissue development program. “We continue to lay the groundwork for the potential start of human clinical trials in calendar 2020, as we develop our NovoTissues® to address liver disease in adult and pediatric populations,” said Taylor J. Crouch, CEO, Organovo. “IIAM is one of the world’s largest providers of organs and tissues designated for medical research and development. We’re thrilled to more closely align our groundbreaking work with IIAM. This partnership, along with our own expertise in isolating, characterizing and utilizing specialized human liver cells, will enable us to create implantable 3D bioprinted liver tissue patches destined for patient treatment. Our clinical program expects to serve patient populations that are in desperate need of new treatment options. Where possible, we will also leverage the distribution capabilities of our Samsara subsidiary to put these valuable cells and tissues into the hands of other leading liver researchers.”
“IIAM is excited to collaborate with Organovo and Samsara as they work toward clinical applications of liver cells as a therapy for the patient populations affected with inborn metabolic errors,” said Gina Dunne Smith, executive director, IIAM. “This is yet another way for donors and their families to save or improve the lives of others. As we move forward, these are cutting edge research projects that are exciting for our entire team.” Click here for full press release.