Age-related macular degeneration
Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a disease that affects the retina of the eye. AMD results in a loss of vision in the center of the visual field, due to damage to Retinal Pigment Epithelial (RPE) cells in an area of the retina called the macula. RPE cells normally function to support, protect and nourish the retina. AMD occurs in “dry” and “wet” forms and is the major cause of loss of vision or blindness in adults over the age of fifty (over 30 million people worldwide). BioTime’s subsidiary Cell Cure Neurosciences is using stem cells to create RPE cells to address the more prevalent “dry” form of AMD which affects 90% of current AMD patients.