Satellos Bioscience Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer Dr. Michael Rudnicki Awarded Significant Grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Toronto, Ontario--(Newsfile Corp. - July 25, 2022) - Satellos Bioscience Inc. (TSXV: MSCL) ("Satellos" or the "Corporation"), a regenerative medicine company aimed at developing therapeutics that change the way degenerative muscle diseases are treated, is pleased to announce that Co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer Dr. Michael Rudnicki has been awarded a seven-figure, five-year grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).
The grant entitled "Muscle Stem Cell Function in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy" was awarded by the Genetics Research Panel. The $1,071,000 grant will support the research led by Dr. Rudnicki at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute to investigate the molecular pathobiology in muscle stem cells that contributes to disease progression in Duchenne muscular dystrophy ("Duchenne").
Dr. Rudnicki made the paradigm shifting discovery that loss of polarity control in muscle stem cells is a major driver of disease in Duchenne and resulted in his appointment to the Royal Society (London). Extending these studies is the subject of the research being supported by this new grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Dr. Rudnicki's discovery also underpins the drug development efforts underway at Satellos Bioscience that is targeting polarity control in stem cells to enhance regeneration as a treatment for Duchenne and other muscle disorders.
"Deemed the number one ranked genetics panel proposal, this award further exemplifies the scientific community's excitement and strong support for pursuing the understanding of stem cell function in Duchenne," said Satellos Co-Founder and CEO, Frank Gleeson. "We're proud to have Michael as a central part of the Satellos team, and excited to celebrate the high profile and deserved accolades he and his work continue to receive."
Along with his role as Co-founder and CSO with Satellos, Dr. Rudnicki is a Senior Scientist and Director of the Regenerative Medicine Program and the Sprott Centre for Stem Cell Research at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute - the research arm of The Ottawa Hospital. The Canadian Institutes of Health Research is Canada's federal funding agency for health research. Composed of 13 Institutes, CIHR collaborates with partners and researchers to support discoveries and innovations that improve health and strengthen the Canadian health care system.
About Satellos Bioscience Inc.
Satellos is a biotechnology company dedicated to developing lifechanging medicines to treat degenerative muscle conditions. Our scientists discovered what we believe to be a previously unrecognized root cause of skeletal muscle degeneration. One which has the potential to transform how muscle disorders are treated. Our scientific founder, Dr. Michael Rudnicki, is a thought leader who discovered and has shown how muscle stem cells regulate muscle repair and growth throughout life. He has shown how defects in a process known as stem cell "polarity", which controls how muscle stem cells divide to create muscle progenitor cells, lead to a failure of muscle regeneration in Duchenne and potentially other muscle disorders. As a result of this ongoing inability to produce sufficient numbers of new muscle cells, the muscles of people living with Duchenne are unable to keep up with and repair the continuous and accumulating damage their muscles experience. Satellos' lead program is focused on developing an oral therapeutic drug (i.e., a pill) intended to correct muscle stem cell polarity and restore the body's innate muscle repair and regeneration process. We believe our unique therapeutic approach represents a potential disease modifying treatment for Duchenne and other dystrophies, offering new hope to patients. To expand our programs to other degenerative muscle conditions or disorders, Satellos has created a proprietary discovery platform, MyoReGenX™, which we utilize to identify disease situations where deficits in muscle stem cell polarity and regeneration occur and are amenable to therapeutic treatment. For more information about or to discuss potential collaborations with Satellos concerning our discovery platform and therapeutic candidates or our subsidiary Amphotericin B Technologies Inc., please contact Ryan Mitchell, PhD, Director - Business Development at email@example.com or visit Satellos.com.
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