Hallelujah it’s raining money? Stem cell job ad is window into clinics & their finances

“Are you a motivational speaker?” is how a recent stem cell job ad for a sales position related to stem cell clinics begins.

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This ad that popped up on Monster earlier this summer is a revealing window on stem cell clinic practices. What’s inside, in my opinion, is cause for concern. Lately we’ve seen more and more ads for stem cell clinics targeted to patients, but this particular ad is a job opening and it kind of spills the beans on what the clinics are doing and their financials.

Amongst other things this stem cell job ad promises big money (“the right candidate will earn a very nice 6 figure income!”)  for sales people if they can get enough patients in the door and care providers engaged. It asks potential applicants, “Would you like to get paid what you are worth?” and then later more specifically points out that, “Each sale earns a 1%, 3% or 5% commission.”

All that money will be coming from patients, either directly or indirectly, as these procedures are not covered by insurance. Since in general what stem cell clinics are selling is not supported by properly controlled, pre-clinical or clinical studies published in mainstream journals, and is not FDA approved, overall is this kind of offering within the stem cell clinic field fair to patients?

If we do a simple back-of-the-napkin calculation on the suggested income in the ad, assuming $200,000 a year in income and 3% average commission, the desired stem cell sales person would have to sell about $6.6 million in stem cell offerings per year. At the quoted $8,500 per procedure that’s around 750 “treatments” sold by the salesperson, which works out to about two per day, 365 days a year. Even if we cut the possible salary in half to $100K, the lowest 6-figure salary, the number of “treatments” to be sold and patients potentially impact is still very large.

This position seems to be targeted toward getting an inspirational sales person to talk both to patients and to also motivate care providers who will then sell stem cell offerings to patients:

“This job involves 2 days per week in the clinic, educating and teaching prospective patients about Stem Cell Therapy and then getting them to commit and buy this amazing treatment…Your other days will be spent talking with family doctors, Chiropractors, Specialists and Physical Therapists, teaching them about Stem Cell Therapy and soliciting referrals…You will also be “servicing” our doctor clinics taking them coffees, lunches and socializing with the staff. You will do weekly lunch learning workshops and the occasional dinner workshop.”

The verb “servicing” that the ad itself puts in quotes means schmoozing those care providers into selling stem cells?

And what exactly is the “amazing treatment”? Is it safe, and does it work?

As to the clinics that might be some of the customers for the stem cell offerings, who are they and for the “Specialists” what is their training? It’s also not clear whether Chiropractors or Physical Therapists, which are mentioned in the ad, are qualified to administer stem cell treatments.

The fact that the ad mentions in particular “older clientele” as target customers is a concern to me and resonates strongly because many clinics seem to target older patients to recruit new customers. In my view when selling experimental stem cell offerings to either pediatric or older patients, extra care should be taken in the consent process and at other stages, perhaps including consulting a bioethicist.

Who exactly is the employer here behind this job ad?

It’s not clear to me as the ad says, “Medical Sales at Stem Cell Centers Towson, MD 21204”, but I couldn’t find a clinic or other stem cell business there. Perhaps the business running this ad is more of a “middle man” that doesn’t actually do treatments itself? If that is the case, then it may not show up on the radar as much such as via a Google search for “stem cell treatment Towson MD”.

Overall, this job ad reveals some striking aspects of the stem cell clinic industry and highlights the big money perceived to be made from patients.

3 thoughts on “Hallelujah it’s raining money? Stem cell job ad is window into clinics & their finances”

  1. Paul, you think this is something…read the story in the latest edition of Outside Magazine about the Oakland biohacker

  2. I interviewed a gal that worked for a large Stem Cell company in Southern California. Basically, her job was to (as stated) connect with area physicians to educate them on the values of the potential treatment. They are mainly targeting neurodegenerative diseases, auto-immune patients, and joint issues. Once the patient inquires, they are responsible for educating the patient on the values of the treatment, price, etc….If you ask me, this is no different than what Pharma does with Direct to Consumer marketing or what certain sales reps do with Orphan Drugs. At least the patient is making the final decision to spend the $$. Forget the FDA….30% of prescriptions are being recommended outside the scope of what they were studied for….evidence-based medicine??!! C’mon. Saying that, people need to be empowered with the proper knowledge to make prudent decisions for their health. There will ALWAYS be an alternative care market. Oh, and this…….

    -In a primary care-oriented medical reference, 18% of recommendations were based on consistent, high-quality patient-oriented evidence (Strength of Recommendations Taxonomy (SORT) A), while approximately half were based on expert opinion, usual care or disease-oriented evidence (SORT C).

    •Clinical categories with the most A recommendations were pregnancy and childbirth, cardiovascular, and psychiatric.

    •Categories with the least were haematological, musculoskeletal and rheumatological, and poisoning and toxicity.

    So you see, the categories with the least evidence are the one’s where Stem Cell therapies are being used. (i.e. RA, OA, etc)….

  3. This is very interesting, and raises some ethical questions. Also, “older clientele” are typically protected by laws that prevent fraud against seniors. I’m curious to know you and your readers thoughts are on clinics that provide “medical spa” services involving stem cells. I understand they do not need FDA approval for many of these procedures? For example, in Texas here is one that recently started is Regen Clinics: https://www.regen-clinics.com/. It’s a little confusing for the average person to know what type of approval they need to offer some of these services- like the vampire facelift for example.

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