Private Longeveron Bets On Stem Cells For Inflammation, Aging Diseases
Emerging Company Profile: The start-up's Phase I and II studies look promising for stem cell therapy in treating aging frailty, a common condition that overlaps with Alzheimer's disease.
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The pharma and the Google spinout focused on aging are adding $1bn in funding to their 2014 collaboration, which has yielded more than two dozen preclinical candidates so far.