UAE-Japan new clinical research to offer ‘cellular therapy’



Abu Dhabi Stem Cells Centre (ADSCC) announced on Thursday a groundbreaking joint research agreement with one of Japan and Asia’s top research institutions, Kyoto University – Centre for iPS Cell Research and Application (CiRA), and Rege Nephro, a Japan-based biotech company that specialises in RD and production of renal disease therapeutics.
The collaboration is poised to revolutionise diabetes care by developing a new innovative treatment using pancreatic beta cells derived from human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS cells). iPS cells are obtained from skin or blood cells and then reprogrammed (genetically modified) in highly advanced laboratories to create cells replicating the tissue affected by diabetes.
To facilitate this joint revolutionary research mission, an ADSCC laboratory was launched at the premises of Kyoto University in Japan.
The joint research will focus on developing iPS cell-derived pancreatic beta cells with enhanced therapeutic efficacy through genetic modifications, offering cell therapy options for patients with type 1 diabetes in addition to screening and testing potential drugs for type 2 diabetes to develop novel approaches for managing type 2 diabetes.
Prof Dr Yendry Ventura, CEO of ADSCC, Adjunct Professor at UAE University, and Research Scientist, said that this partnership is an ideal example of international cooperation, where the combined efforts propel to achieving excellence in diabetes care for our respective populations and beyond.
“At ADSCC, we are on a mission to make a profound impact in the field of diabetes care and cellular therapy globally, and in pursuit of this ambitious journey, we have consciously embarked on this strategic partnership with CiRA and Rege Nephro,” he added.
Professor Kenji Osafune, Head of the Department of Cell Growth and Differentiation at the Centre for iPS Cell Research and Application (CiRA) at Kyoto University and Founder of Rege Nephro, said, “Partnering with ADSCC in this joint research will not only enable us to apply the foundational technology developed in research across the Middle East and North Africa but also establish a pivotal hub for advancing regenerative medicine research through iPS cell technology in the region.”
“CiRA and Rege Nephro share a common mission with ADSCC to provide swift and effective treatments for diabetes, ultimately enhancing the quality of life and prognosis for patients worldwide.”
Prof Dr Ventura added, “With the Department of Health — Abu Dhabi support in innovation and research, we believe this partnership will pave the way for transformative healthcare solutions in our region and beyond. We are also proud to have launched our ADSCC laboratory at Kyoto University premises to facilitate our mission.”