BrainStorm’s NurOwn Gets Many, Many Thumbs Down From US FDA Panel
In overwhelmingly concluding that efficacy has not been demonstrated for the mesenchymal stromal cell therapy, panelists went beyond just the failed Phase III trial and cited BrainStorm’s ‘statistical magic’ and failure to adequately describe the mechanism of action, as well as safety and product quality concerns.
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