January 23, 2021

The Niche

Trusted stem cell blog & resources

Month: June 2013

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In a shocker, Japan’s 2nd largest newspaper, Asahi Shimbun, published an editorial yesterday  saying that iPS cells are being pushed too fast to the clinic for economic reasons. The piece was bluntly entitled “Too much of a rush for clinical trials with iPS cells”. Asahi Shimbun, with a circulation of 10 million, is taking a bold step in questioning whether the iPS cell field in Japan might be moving too fast and the non-medical reasons behind that. They start off their piece with a bang …Read More

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About a year ago, I heard from multiple credible sources that there were ongoing federal probes into potential criminal activities related to bogus or dangerously noncompliant stem cell medical interventions, which could lead to prison time. Since then it has been relatively quiet….that is until the last couple months when again I am hearing from several pretty solid sources that the feds are deep into investigations of multiple non-compliant stem cell operations for alleged criminal activity. This is serious business and some of the …Read More

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What the heck is going on with stem cells in the Philippines lately? It seems like a wild, stormy mixture of supposed good and very bad news streaming out of that country all at once. Many questions remain both on the alleged upside and the down side. Do the reported deaths of 3 politicians really have anything to do with stem cells at all? Why is the head of the Philippine Medical Association, Leo Olarte, seemingly plugging affordable Philippine stem cell treatments at the same …Read More

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It was my pleasure recently to  talk at length with Dr. Michael West, CEO of the Stem Cell Biotech, BioTime (BTX). West has been at the helm of BioTime since 2007 and is a true pioneer in the stem cell field. He founded Geron (GERN) and was a top leader at Advanced Cell Technology (ACT; stock symbol ACTC) in the early days. He contributed to the team that made human embryonic stem cells (hESC) a reality too. West and I talked at length about the …Read More

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What really happened at XCell-Center in Germany, formerly the largest stem cell clinic in Europe? A baby died after receiving treatment there. Why? Was the death in any way connected to stem cells? (update: note that since post originally went up, quite a few more patient deaths both a clinics and in clinical trials have been reported.) A commenter on a recent post of mine on reports of the possible deaths from stem cell interventions in Germany of three politicians from the Philippines, provided …Read More

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The Philippines Medical Association (PMA) is reportedly (article from ABS-CBN News) investigating the recent deaths of 3 prominent politicians due to stem cell therapies via stem cell tourism in Germany at an as yet unidentified clinic. The names of the politicians are unknown, but strangely enough today there’s another separate article on stem cells from the Philippine Daily Inquirer that mentions 3 politicians who have received stem cell treatments: A number of politicians have been reported to have used stem cell therapy, including former President Joseph Estrada, …Read More

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In 2012 there was a lot of grumbling about that year’s Annual ISSCR Meeting in Japan. If fact in last year’s polling only about 33% of people collectively felt positive about the meeting and by the far the top answer for rating the 2012 ISSCR Annual Meeting was “So so” at 43%. What about this year’s 2013 Annual ISSCR meeting in Boston? I wondered what attendees thought so I did a couple polls. You can see the results below. Overall, it seems that people …Read More

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Where do things stand today for using stem cells to treat COPD? Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a relatively common, often debilitating illness, which has a major impact on the people of the world. In the US alone, COPD costs the country almost $50 billion a year not to mention untold suffering. Most of us know someone who has COPD, which is an umbrella term that includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Researchers are still investigating the causes, but two big ones are smoking …Read More

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IntelliCell (SVFC) is a stem cell company that does cosmetic stem cell procedures. They’ve had a number of challenges of late including an FDA warning letter about a year ago and apparent financial issues manifesting in lawsuits. Now the company itself, perhaps trying to get ahead of the news, issued a press release (PR) saying they were inspected by the FDA for 3 weeks recently. A typical FDA visit lasts 2 weeks during which time the FDA inspects documents, procedures, and such. It is unclear …Read More

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By Dr. Susan Lim A record 4100 delegates attended the 11th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR), held at the Convention and Exhibition Center in Boston from 12-15 June 2013. Co-sponsored by the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, the Meeting featured 7 Plenary sessions including a Presidential Symposium, 20 concurrent scientific sessions and two named lectures, the Anne McClaren Memorial Lecture and the Ernest McCulloch Memorial Lecture, with 26 Innovative Biotech presentations sandwiched comfortably between the Plenary and Concurrent Sessions, …Read More