Regenerative medicine for hearing loss makes quiet progress
An analysis of the competitive landscape in regenerative therapies for hearing loss
While the late-stage programs for hearing loss are designed to protect cells in the inner ear, or help them recover from trauma, a growing number of early-stage therapies is aiming for a more dramatic outcome -- hearing restoration through regrowth of neurons and synapses that have died.
In 2017, only Novartis AG (NYSE:NVS; SIX:NOVN) had a therapy in the clinic designed to replace hair cells -- the neurons in the ear that detect sound. At the time, eight other companies had disclosed preclinical hearing regeneration programs (see “Ears Wide Open”)...
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