At DiscGenics, we are focused on developing regenerative therapies that alleviate pain and restore function in patients with degenerative diseases of the spine.
As major contributors to low back pain, degenerative diseases of the spine pose a major public health concern that can lead to missed work, lost wages and addiction to pain medication, including opioids.
Low Back Pain
Affects approximately one-quarter of adults 1
Costs more than $100B per year in the U.S. alone 2
Is the leading cause of disability worldwide 3
Current treatments offer temporary pain relief without healing
DiscGenics is harnessing the restorative potential of cells native to the intervertebral disc to develop what we hope will be a profound therapeutic option for millions of patients suffering from the debilitating effects of low back pain.
Our patented cell culture manufacturing process begins with isolating cells from donated intervertebral disc tissue and results in highly specialized Discogenic Cells that are specifically engineered to uniquely address the complex environment of the degenerated disc.
This approach enables us to introduce to the affected disc therapeutic progenitor cells that originated from, and have many of the same properties as, the precise cell type they are designed to regenerate.
We hypothesize that Discogenic Cells will facilitate regeneration of disc tissue and reduce pain due to inflammation within the degenerated disc.
1. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. 2014. Back Pain Fact Sheet (NIH Publication No. 15-5161). Retrieved from https://www.ninds.nih.gov/Disorders/Patient-Caregiver-Education/Fact-Sheets/Low-Back-Pain-Fact-Sheet.
2. AD Davis, et al. “Where the United States spends its spine dollars.” Spine. 2012;37(19):1693-701.
3. Hoy D, et al. “The global burden of low back pain.” Ann. Rheum Dis 2014;73:968-974.
Disclaimer: IDCT is an investigational product that is under development by DiscGenics and has not been approved by the FDA or any other regulatory agency for human use.