The global objective of this study is to establish the safety and investigate the potential treatment effect of an intravenous infusion of HB-adMSCs (Hope Biosciences adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells) on brain structure, neurocognitive/functional outcomes, and neuroinflammation after traumatic brain injury and/or hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy in adults.



Eligible Ages
Between 18 Years and 55 Years
Eligible Genders
Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion Criteria

  1. Adults between 18 and 55 years of age. 2. Documented functional neurological damage to the central nervous system from closed head trauma that is unlikely to improve with present standard of care approaches. 3. A Glasgow Outcome Scale-Extended (GOS-E) score >2 and ≤6. 4. Onset or diagnosis of the injury or disease process greater than 6 months. 5. Ability to obtain consent from the subject or their legally authorized representative (LAR). 6. Ability to communicate in English or Spanish (required for validated neurocognitive outcome testing).

Exclusion Criteria

  1. Known history of: a) intellectual deficiency or psychiatric conditions likely to invalidate our ability to assess changes in cognition or behavior; b) recently treated infection; c) renal disease or altered renal function (screening eGFR (estimated glomerular filtration rate) > 60 mL/min/1.73m2); d) hepatic disease or altered liver function (screening SGPT (serum glutamate pyruvate transaminase) > 150 U/L or T. Bilirubin >1.3 mg/dL); e) cancer; f) immunosuppression (screening WBC (white blood cell) < 3, 000 cells/ml); g) HIV+ (human immunodeficiency virus positive); h) chemical or ETOH (Ethanol/Alcohol) dependency that in the opinion of the investigator would preclude participation in the study; i) acute or chronic lung disease requiring significant medication/oxygen supplementation; j) bleeding disorders including immune-mediated heparin-induced thrombocytopenia; k) known sensitivity to heparin, Lovenox, and pork products; l) individuals with mechanical prosthetic heart valves; m) individuals who have received a stem cell treatment. 2. Normal brain CT/MRI (computed tomography/magnetic resonance imaging) exam. 3. Spinal deformity, spinal surgery (including repeated epidural or spinal punctures), or complete spinal cord injury diagnosed by CT (computed tomography) or MR (magnetic resonance) imaging or by clinical findings. 4. Diagnosed with a genetic or metabolic disorder related to the neurologic condition. 5. Other acute or chronic medical conditions that, in the opinion of the investigator, may increase the risks associated with study participation. 6. For women of child bearing potential, a positive pregnancy test at the screening visit or, for both women and men, unwillingness to comply with acceptable methods of birth control during the study. 7. Concurrent participation in interventional drug or device study. 8. Inability to undergo the diagnostic tests (PET/DT-MRI (positron emission tomography/diffusion tensor-magnetic resonance imaging)) or unwilling/unable to cooperate with the diagnostic tests and outcome assessments. 9. Metal implants including baclofen pumps that would preclude DT-MRI (Diffusion tensor-magnetic resonance imaging). 10. Unwilling or unable to return for the follow-up study visits.

Study Design

Phase 2
Study Type
Intervention Model
Parallel Assignment
Primary Purpose
Quadruple (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)

Arm Groups

ArmDescriptionAssigned Intervention
Autologous Adipose Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells
  • Biological: Autologous HB-adMSCs
    Hope Biosciences autologous adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells
Placebo Comparator
Normal Saline
  • Drug: Normal Saline
    Sterile Saline Solution 0.9%

Recruiting Locations

Memorial Hermann Hospital / UTHealth McGovern Medical School at Houston
Houston, Texas 77030
Steven Kosmach, MSN

More Details

Hope Biosciences

Study Contact

Steven Kosmach, MSN

Detailed Description

This study is a prospective, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled Phase 2a study of three infusions of autologous HB-adMSCs (Hope Biosciences adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells) (2 x 10^8 total cells per dose) administered over a 6 week period with 14 day intervals between infusions. Subjects will be monitored and assessed for infusion related toxicity for the first 4hr. after the infusion and by telephone 24hr. after each infusion. Safety assessments will be conducted at the study follow-up clinic visits 6 and 12 months, and 2 years (telephone call) after the last HB-adMSC (Hope Biosciences adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells) infusion, or more frequently if infusion related adverse events are suspected.


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