DURHAM, N.C., May 21, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Humacyte, Inc., a clinical-stage biotechnology platform company developing universally implantable bioengineered human tissue at commercial scale, today shared new findings from laboratory and pre-clinical models supporting the potential to engineer functional airsacs in the lung, which are the key elements for engineering a whole functional lung organ.
The findings demonstrate that single-cell gene expression data point to cell-cell communication in the lung alveolus, a key finding that may help to engineer functional lung tissues in the future. Future pre-clinical studies will aim to identify the interactions that are most important for critical alveolar cell functions, and to determine the degree of functionality of these engineered lung segments.
“These findings are encouraging, as they suggest that there is the potential to engineer a functional lung alveolus,” said Laura Niklason, M.D., Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of Humacyte. “We now have better insight into cell-to-cell interactions within the engineered alveolar niche – an important next step in the development of engineered lung systems. In the very long term, this work could underpin the production of whole engineered lungs, which could be lifesaving for tens of thousands of patients every year suffering from end-stage lung disease.”
Dr. Niklason continued, “End-stage lung disease has few therapeutic options and transplantation is severely limited by the availability of transplantable donor organs. Engineered whole lungs may have the potential to provide lifesaving therapy for patients with end-stage lung disease, at some point in the future. These findings represent progress toward identifying and understanding design criteria that are essential for functional success of engineered lung airsacs, or alveoli.”
On February 17, 2021, Alpha Healthcare Acquisition Corp. (Nasdaq: AHAC) (“AHAC”), a special purpose acquisition company, and Humacyte announced the execution of a definitive business combination agreement along with a fully committed $175 million PIPE financing agreement.
Humacyte, Inc., is developing a disruptive biotechnology platform to deliver universally implantable bioengineered human tissues and organs designed to improve the lives of patients and transform the practice of medicine. The Company develops and manufactures acellular tissues to treat a wide range of diseases, injuries and chronic conditions. Humacyte’s initial opportunity, a portfolio of human acellular vessels (HAVs), is currently in late-stage clinical trials targeting multiple vascular applications, including vascular trauma repair, arteriovenous access for hemodialysis, and peripheral arterial disease. Pre-clinical development is also underway in coronary artery bypass grafts, pediatric heart surgery, treatment of type 1 diabetes, and multiple novel cell and tissue applications. Humacyte’s HAVs were the first product to receive the FDA’s Regenerative Medicine Advanced Therapy (RMAT) expedited review designation and received priority designation for the treatment of vascular trauma by the U.S. Secretary of Defense. For more information, visit www.Humacyte.com.
About Alpha Healthcare Acquisition Corp.
Alpha Healthcare Acquisition Corp. (ticker: AHAC) is a special purpose acquisition company formed for the purpose of effecting a business combination with one or more businesses in the healthcare sector (“AHAC”). The company was founded by Mr. Rajiv Shukla who has two decades of buyouts, investments and operations experience in the healthcare industry. Mr. Shukla previously served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Constellation Alpha Capital Corp., a Nasdaq-listed special purpose acquisition company, that merged with DermTech, Inc (ticker: DMTK) in August 2019. On February 17, 2021, AHAC announced a definitive agreement to merge with Humacyte, Inc. along with a concurrent fully committed PIPE placement of $175 million of AHAC common shares at a price of $10.00 per share.
Important Information About the Merger and Where to Find It
A full description of the terms of the business combination is provided in a registration statement on Form S-4 filed with the SEC by AHAC that includes a prospectus with respect to the Combined Company’s securities to be issued in connection with the business combination and a proxy statement with respect to the shareholder meeting of AHAC to vote on the business combination. AHAC urges its investors, shareholders and other interested persons to read, the preliminary proxy statement/ prospectus as well as other documents filed with the SEC because these documents will contain important information about AHAC, Humacyte and the business combination. After the registration statement is declared effective, the definitive proxy statement/prospectus included in the registration statement will be mailed to shareholders of AHAC as of a record date to be established for voting on the proposed business combination. Shareholders will also be able to obtain a copy of the Form S-4, including the proxy statement/prospectus, and other documents filed with the SEC without charge, by directing a request to: Alpha Healthcare Acquisition Corp., Attn: Secretary, 1177 Avenue of the Americas, 5th Floor, New York, New York 10036. The preliminary and definitive proxy statement/prospectus to be included in the registration statement, can also be obtained, without charge, at the SEC’s website (www.sec.gov).
Participants in the Solicitation
AHAC and Humacyte and their respective directors and executive officers may be considered participants in the solicitation of proxies with respect to the proposed business combination described in this press release under the rules of the SEC. Information about the directors and executive officers of AHAC is set forth in AHAC’s final prospectus filed with the SEC pursuant to Rule 424(b) of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”) on September 17, 2020, and is available free of charge at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov or by directing a request to: Alpha Healthcare Acquisition Corp., Attn: Secretary, 1177 Avenue of the Americas, 5th Floor, New York, New York 10036. Information regarding the persons who may, under the rules of the SEC, be deemed participants in the solicitation of the AHAC shareholders in connection with the proposed business combination will be set forth in the registration statement containing the proxy statement/prospectus for the proposed business combination. These documents can be obtained free of charge from the sources indicated above.
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