“The company anticipated CIRM's evaluation of its application to be concluded during the second half of the month of November. However, preliminary feedback provided in advance of a formal funding decision has cast significant doubt over the prospects for a positive outcome and, as a result, the company has withdrawn its current application.”
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"We feel compelled to revisit those elements of our plan that appear to have given CIRM reviewers cause for concern.
"Given that we are in the process of gearing up a significant number of sites to begin enrolling patients in a trial that would cost over $20 million to conduct, we need to quickly digest the feedback and address the questions raised. We expect to spend the next several weeks re-validating and/or amending select elements of our plan, with a particular focus on the anticipated rate of patient enrollment, the overall timetable and the design of the statistical plan. Having said that, we remain very excited by the prospects for our program. We believe the science to be sound and the clinical results so far very compelling. Nevertheless, there may be opportunities to refine our approach. It is imperative that we get it right."