Allogeneic ABCB5-positive Stem Cells for Treatment of Epidermolysis Bullosa



Status and phase

Phase 2
Phase 1


Recessive Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa


Biological: allo-APZ2-EB

Study type


Funder types




Details and patient eligibility


The aim of this clinical trial is to investigate the efficacy (by monitoring overall improvement of EB symptoms) and safety (by monitoring adverse events) of three doses of allo-APZ2-EB administered intravenously to patients with recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa (RDEB).

Full description

This is an interventional, single arm, non-randomized, open label, phase I/IIa clinical trial to investigate the efficacy and safety of the IMP allo-APZ2-EB in patients with RDEB. Patients will undergo treatment with the IMP (three repeated intravenous applications) and will be followed up for efficacy for 12 weeks. To assess long-term safety of allo-APZ2-EB one follow-up visit at Month 12 and one follow-up visit at Month 24 post IMP applications is included. Determination of the EB linked symptoms and quality of life will be assessed by using the EBDASI score, the iscorEB, the change in pain and itch perception, and patient's quality of life in EB. The wound healing process will be documented by photography.


16 patients




Under 55 years old


No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

  1. Male or female patients aged between 0 and ≤55 years;

Staggered design for patient enrollment:

  1. at least 3 adult patients (safety assessment 2 weeks after last treatment of third patient),

  2. at least 3 patients ≥12 to <18 years (safety assessment 2 weeks after first treatment of third patient),

  3. at least 3 patients ≥5 to <12 years (safety assessment 2 weeks after first treatment of third patient), and

  4. at least 3 patients ≥12 months to <5 years;

  5. patients 0 to <12 months (only in the UK);

  6. Diagnosed with RDEB (combined diagnosis by genotype assessment [mutation analysis] and correlating phenotype assessment [wound assessment]), patients must have a negative immunofluorescence test result on salt-split skin against proteins of the basement membrane at Visit 1 (existing test results will be accepted);

  7. Patient is eligible to participate in this clinical trial based on general health condition at the investigator's discretion;

US only:

Patient is eligible to participate in this clinical trial based on general health condition assessed by specific lab values (Hematology: Absolute neutrophil count >1000/mm3 and platelet count >150,000/mcL; Coagulation: PT and PTT <2x the upper limit of normal for age; Hepatic: AST and ALT <2x the upper limit of normal for age; Renal: Creatinine <2x the upper limit of normal for age; Pulmonary: Oxygen saturation >92% on room air and without supplemental oxygen requirement);

  1. Patient/legal representative understands the nature of the procedure and are providing written informed consent prior to any clinical trial procedure;

  2. Women of childbearing potential must have a negative urine pregnancy test at Visit 1;

  3. Women of childbearing potential and their partner must be willing to use highly effective contraceptive methods during the course of the clinical trial.

Exclusion criteria

  1. Tumor diseases or history of tumor disease;
  2. Known positive result for human immunodeficiency virus 1 and/or 2;
  3. Any known allergies to components of the IMP;
  4. Evidence of any other medical conditions (such as psychiatric illness or active infection) based on physical examination, or laboratory findings that may interfere with the planned treatment, affect the patient's compliance, or place the patient at high risk of complications related to the treatment; at investigators discretion;
  5. History of prior thrombosis or patients at risk for thrombosis;
  6. Clinically significant or unstable concurrent disease or other clinical contraindications (based upon investigator's judgment);
  7. Patient/legal representative anticipated to be unwilling or unable to comply with the requirements of the protocol;
  8. Pregnant or lactating women;
  9. Current or previous (within 30 days of enrollment) treatment with another IMP, or participation and/or under follow-up in another clinical trial;
  10. Previous participation in this clinical trial (except for screening failures due to an exclusion criterion);
  11. Known abuse of alcohol, drugs, or medicinal products;
  12. Employees of the sponsor, or employees or relatives of the investigator.

Trial design

Primary purpose




Interventional model

Single Group Assignment


None (Open label)

16 participants in 1 patient group

Experimental group
intravenous infusion, three doses of allo-APZ2-EB (2 x 10^6 cells/kg)
Biological: allo-APZ2-EB

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