He also shares that the current expenses on cell therapies i.e. CAR T Cells and dendritic cells are high and unsustainable. For this reason, it may look like a huge financial burden and it may also seem inaccessible for a majority of people, right now.
The new genetically engineered cells called “Super Sentinel Cells™ (SSC’s)” is created by the research team of INTELLiSTEM technologies. During testing, these SSC’s have shown more than 80% of success rate in study models (rodents) which is unexpected and unprecedented for now. In comparison with the standard cell therapy for cancer treatment, the success rate for the currently used cell therapy is only 20% to 40%.
This testing is made on test animals only but now INTELLiSTEM has moved this research to its next phase using human trials. The estimated time to get complete results from human trials is set as 12 months. If it succeeded, it is one step close to find a practical cure for some types of cancer soon.
Typically, cancer cells hide in the body and the immune system is not able to locate them. These Super Sentinel Cells™ are actually the modified antigen-presenting cells, which help to locate cancer infected cells and make them get noticed by the immune system. Once they are identified by the immune system, it naturally takes action and destroys them.
Unfortunately, these “Super Sentinel Cells™” do not work on all types of cancer. For now, they are only able to identify hematological and solid cancers. To make it work for more types of cancer, INTELLiSTEM is collaborating with different cancer centers located within the United States. It is also looking forward to making more research collaborations with international research centers to increase the accessibility of cancer therapy in the future.
The SSC’s are expected to work efficiently against solid tumors, for example, Breast Cancer cells, Prostate Cancer, Lung Cancer cells, Melanoma and Lymphomas. The animal testing results are recorded after the one-time treatment, but for 100% results, a second shot Super Sentinel Cells™ might be necessary.