A Study of Autologous Renal Autologous Cell Therapy™ (REACT) in Patients With Diabetic Chronic Kidney Disease

  • Interventional
  • Recruiting
  • NCT03270956
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A Phase II, Open-Label Safety and Tolerability Study of an Renal Autologous Cell Therapy (REACT) in Patients With Type 2 Diabetes and Chronic Kidney Disease (REGEN-003)

Therapeutic intervention with REACT is intended to delay the need for renal replacement therapy (dialysis or transplant) which, based on the current standard of care, is inevitable for patients with end stage CKD. The purpose of the present study is to assess the safety and efficacy of up to 2 injections of REACT given 6 months (+4 weeks) apart (maximum).

REACT is made from expanded autologous selected renal cells obtained from each individual subject's kidney biopsy.

     All subjects enrolled will receive REACT. Subjects will receive their first REACT injection as soon as the REACT product is manufactured and shipped to the clinical site. After 6 months (+4 weeks), a second injection will be given, as appropriate. Each subject's baseline rate of renal decline, based on adequate historical clinical data obtained 24 months prior to screening visit, will serve as a comparator for monitoring the rate of progression of renal insufficiency over time.

     The rate of progression of renal insufficiency (assessed via serial measurements of eGFR through 24 months after the last REACT injection) will be compared against the individual subject's rate of eGFR decline through 24 months following the final REACT treatment. The rate of progression of renal insufficiency from subjects (if any) who received a single REACT injection may be compared against that from subjects who received two REACT injections.


Age Group
30 Years to 65 Years

Accepting Healthy Volunteers?

Inclusion Criteria:

         1. The subject is male or female, 30 to 65 years of age on the date of informed consent.

         2. The subject has an established diagnosis of T2DM.

         3. The subject has an established diagnosis of diabetic nephropathy as the underlying cause of renal disease.

         4. The subject has an established diagnosis of CKD not requiring renal dialysis, defined as having an eGFR between 14 and 20 mL/min/1.73m2 inclusive at the Screening Visit and prior to NKA injection.

         5. The subject has blood pressure less than 150/90 at the Screening Visit, prior to renal biopsy, and prior to NKA injection(s). Note BP should not be significantly below the previously recorded stable pressure.

         6. The subject has stable blood pressure or has ongoing and stable treatment with an angiotensin-converting-enzyme inhibitor (ACEI) or an angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB) initiated at least 8 weeks prior to renal biopsy. Treatment must be stable during the 6 week period immediately prior to NKA injection. Stable treatment is defined as dose adjustment no less than one half of the current dosage and no more than 2 times the current dosage. Dose interruptions up to 7 days due to medical necessity are allowed.

         7. A minimum of 3 measurements of eGFR or sCr should be obtained at least 3 months apart prior to the Screening Visit or within the previous 24 months to define the rate of progression of CKD. The subject should have adequate, historical clinical data to provide a reasonable estimate of the rate of progression of CKD. The Medical Monitor may be consulted to ensure there is sufficient data.

         8. The subject is willing and able to refrain from NSAID consumption (including aspirin) as well as clopidogrel, prasugrel, or other platelet inhibitors during the period beginning 7 days before through 7 days after both the renal biopsy and NKA injection(s).

         9. The subject is willing and able to refrain from consumption of fish oil and platelet aggregation inhibitors, such as dipryridamole (ie, Persantine®), during the period beginning 7 days before through 7 days after both the renal biopsy and NKA injection(s).

         10. The subject is willing and able to cooperate with all aspects of the protocol.

         11. The subject is willing and able to provide signed informed consent.

        Exclusion Criteria:

         1. The subject has a history of type 1 diabetes mellitus.

         2. The subject has a history of renal transplantation.

         3. The subject has a serum HbA1c level greater than 10% at the Screening Visit.

         4. The subject has uncontrolled diabetes (defined as metabolically unstable by the Investigator).

         5. The subject has hemoglobin levels less than 9 g/dL prior to each NKA injection.

         6. The subject has abnormal coagulation status as measured by activated partial thromboplastin time (APTT), prothrombin time international normalized ratio (PT INR), and/or platelet count at the Screening Visit.

         7. The subject has a bleeding disorder(s) or is taking anticoagulants, such as Coumadin® (warfarin) or direct thrombin inhibitors that, in the judgment of the Investigator, would interfere with the performance of study procedures.

         8. The subject has small kidneys (average size less than 9 cm) or has only one kidney, as assessed by ultrasound and/or MRI prior to renal biopsy, unless earlier radiology reports (generated within 1 year of the Screening Visit) are made available to confirm kidney size and number.

         9. The subject has a known allergy or contraindication(s), or has experienced severe systemic reaction(s) to kanamycin or structurally similar aminoglycoside antibiotic(s)

         10. The subject has a history of anaphylactic or severe systemic reaction(s) or contraindication(s) to human blood products or materials of animal origin (eg, bovine, porcine).

         11. The subject is not a good candidate to undergo percutaneous NKA injection, in the judgment of the surgeon or physician who will perform the procedure. This includes individuals who are morbidly obese (defined as BMI greater than 45 kg/m2), have excessive fat surrounding the kidney, or who are otherwise at excessive risk for serious complications.

         12. The subject has a history of severe systemic reaction(s) or any contraindication to local anesthetics or sedatives.

         13. The subject has a clinically significant infection requiring parenteral antibiotics within 6 weeks of NKA injection.

         14. The subject has acute kidney injury or has experienced a rapid decline in renal function during the last 3 months prior to NKA injection.

         15. The subject has any of the following conditions prior to NKA injection: renal tumors, polycystic kidney disease, anatomic abnormalities that would interfere with the NKA injection procedure or evidence of a urinary tract infection.

         16. The subject has incapacitating cardiac and/or pulmonary disorders.

         17. The subject has a history of cancer within the past 3 years (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer and carcinoma in situ of the cervix).

         18. The subject has clinically significant hepatic disease (ALT or AST greater than 3 times the upper limit of normal) as assessed at the Screening Visit.

         19. The subject is positive for active infection with Hepatitis B Virus (HBV), or Hepatitis C Virus (HCV), and/or Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) as assessed at the Screening Visit.

         20. The subject has a history of active tuberculosis (TB) requiring treatment within the past 3 years.

         21. The subject is immunocompromised or is receiving immunosuppressive agents, including individuals treated for chronic glomerulonephritis within 3 months of NKA injection. Note: inhaled corticosteroids and chronic low-dose corticosteroids (less than or equal to 7.5 mg per day) are permitted as are brief pulsed corticosteroids for intermittent symptoms (eg, asthma).

         22. The subject has a life expectancy less than 2 years.

         23. The female subject is pregnant, lactating (breast feeding), or planning a pregnancy during the course of the study. Or, the female subject is of child-bearing potential and is not using a highly effective method(s) of birth control, including sexual abstinence. Or, the female subject is unwilling to continue using a highly-effective method of birth control throughout the duration of the study. Note: A highly effective method of birth control is defined as one that results in a low failure rate (ie, less than one percent per year) when used consistently and correctly, such as implants, injectables, combined oral contraceptives, some intrauterine devices IUDs, sexual abstinence, or a vasectomized partner.

         24. The subject has a history of active alcohol and/or drug abuse that, in the judgment of the Investigator, would impair the subject's ability to comply with the protocol.

         25. The subject's health status would, in the judgment of the Investigator, be jeopardized by participating in the study.

         26. The subject has used an investigational product within 3 months prior to NKA injection without receiving written consent from the Medical Monitor.

At a Glance

National Government IDNCT03270956


Lead SponsorProKidney, LLC

Lead PhysicianBenjamin Ko


30 Years to 65 Years