Mount Sinai Health System announced that they will be using remestemcel-L (Ryoncil), an innovative allogeneic stem cell therapy, in patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Additionally, Mount Sinai indicated that they will play a central role in a clinical trial for patients with severe acute respiratory distress syndrome, which affects individuals with severe cases of COVID-19.
Remestemcel-L has previously been tested in patients who have had a bone marrow transplant, who can experience an overactive immune response similar to that observed in severe cases of COVID-19.
Mount Sinai began administering remestemcel-L to patients in late March under the FDA’s compassionate use program. The therapy was given to 10 patients with moderate to severe cases of COVID-19-related acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), most of whom were on ventilators, and the doctors saw encouraging results.
“We are encouraged by what we have seen so far and look forward to participating in the randomized controlled trial starting soon that would better indicate whether this is an effective therapy for patients in severe respiratory distress from COVID-19,” Keren Osman, MD, medical director of the Cellular Therapy Service in the Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplantation Program at The Tisch Cancer Institute at Mount Sinai and associate professor of Hematology and Medical Oncology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, said in a press release.
The randomized clinical trial evaluating the therapeutic benefit and safety of remestemcel-L will be conducted at Mount Sinai, which will serve as the clinical and data coordinating center. The stem cell