January 22, 2021

The Niche

Trusted stem cell blog & resources

Month: June 2012

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Celltex is that adult stem cell company that treated Governor Perry and upwards of 80 other people with stem cell products that they grew in their lab in Texas. I wonder what the leadership of Celltex is thinking right now about its FDA audit, their future, and that pesky professor/blogger in California…what’s his name? I can’t be sure because Celltex won’t talk to me, but I think they’re having to deal with a totally new reality since Monday brought their FDA inspection report to …Read More

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I’m discussing the seamier side of science in a seven part series on what I call scientific sinning or the “seven sins of scientists”. The first four pieces in this series really stoked a great deal of interest and debate, covering Failure to Cite, Paper or grant killing, Need for Speed, and hype. Today in the fifth installment we go to the sin of snobbery. You might ask is snobbery really a sin for a scientist? Yes, it is, because it causes so much pain and is …Read More

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Celltex has issued a press release (PR), entitled “Company Pioneering Regenerative Medicine Services Invited FDA to Inspect Lab” on their FDA audit in response to the reaction in the media and stem cell community about it. I view this PR as a step in the right direction–more openness! There is a lot of info in this PR that is quite interesting and new. Celltex describes the issues they faced with the FDA as largely the result of a “language barrier” because as it turns …Read More

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It’s only Wednesday and it’s already been a big, bumpy week for Texas stem cell company, Celltex. On Monday, the FDA report of their two-week visit to/audit of Celltex became public thanks to the efforts of Dr. Leigh Turner and Houston Chronicle reporter, Todd Ackerman. Now there is more complicated news for the company. A lawsuit was filed against Celltex 4 days ago. Interesting it was also apparently immediately settled under confidential terms. The case was described as related to the “Fair Labor Standards …Read More

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Stem cells play a prominent role in the new Spiderman movie, The Amazing Spider Man. Emma Stone, one of the stars of the movie, is very excited about stem cell research as I posted earlier where I invited her to intern in my lab. Here is an actual long preview clip of the new movie (The Amazing Spider-Man) and in the first few minutes stem cell research and regenerative medicine are mentioned positively and in interesting ways. Take a look! (Screen shot at right). …Read More

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The upcoming movie The Amazing Spider-Man with Emma Stone looks to be pretty cool and I’m not even a fan of Spider-Man. However, making me even more interested in it are the rumors that stem cells are part of the plot. Some folks view stem cells as superheroes able to cure almost anything including COVID-19, but that’s the topic for another post. One of the stars of the movie, actress Emma Stone, who plays the character Gwen Stacy reportedly mentioned stem cells several times during a …Read More

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Medulloblastoma is the most common pediatric brain tumor. However, treatments for children who are diagnosed with so-called medullos have not evolved much over the years and are largely similar to treatments given to adults for other brain tumors. One frequent event in certain medullos is amplification of two members  of the MYC family of oncogenes (see here for background on MYC): MYC itself or MYCN. MYCN can also directly drive medullo formation in a mouse model by Bill Weiss’ lab. A new, very exciting …Read More

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The big news yesterday was that the FDA report on its audit of Celltex went public and the report was a laundry list of FDA concerns. However, another very surprising and significant element of the story went largely unnoticed. I’m talking about Governor Rick Perry’s reaction to the story. Rick Perry was asked to comment on the FDA audit of Celltex and his response was a shocker to anyone following this story. Keep in mind that Perry’s own doctor Stan Jones is a co-founder …Read More

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As I first reported, the FDA conducted a two-week audit of Texas adult stem cell firm, Celltex, sometime in April. Today I received a copy of the so-called “483 report” of that audit. It is basically a summary of problematic issues that the FDA says need to addressed. The FDA report is cause for some significant concern about Celltex in my opinion. Further, the report and the concerns it raises are also a big challenge for the adult stem cell industry more generally. In fact, …Read More