StemGenex, unproven clinic sued by patients, morphs into Advanced Cell Medicine?

The  unproven stem cell clinic StemGenex appears to now be called Advanced Cell Medicine.

Holly Bergen StemGenex
Holly Bergen LinkedIn page mentioning StemGenex.

StemGenex is facing a proposed class action lawsuit by patients and it also recently received an FDA warning letter.

StemGenex is notable too in that it seemed to be considering taking some extreme action against perceived critic websites including potentially the California Stem Cell Agency, CIRM.

Could it be trying to put some of the past behind it?

A reader of The Niche tipped me off in the comments recently that StemGenex may have reincarnated itself as a new company going by the name Advanced Cell Medicine.

After looking at Advanced Cell Medicine’s website, I think he’s right.


For one thing, some of the top personnel appear to be the same.

For instance, BJ Retuya, who was the Managing Director of StemGenex now lists no reference to that company on his LinkedIn page. Instead it says he’s been in leadership at Advanced Cell Medicine for quite some time. The dozen or so people on LinkedIn listed as personnel of the “new” company include other key StemGenex folks such as Rita Alexander. Several of these people even still list StemGenex as their current employer. These include someone named Holly Bergen (see screenshot above).

So it sure seems StemGenex has a new name.

What about the doctors from StemGenex? Are they at the renamed company?

I don’t see any physicians listed on the Advanced Cell Medicine website.

There is also no listing under that company name that I could find using the California Secretary of State business search tool. So it’s hard to say, but probable that it has the same docs.

What does this renaming mean for the company and the ongoing lawsuit? I hope we can figure that out soon.

More broadly, it’s an indicator that unproven stem cell clinics may be changing business names every few years for various reasons. This makes it harder to track this complicated industry and its associated risks.

4 thoughts on “StemGenex, unproven clinic sued by patients, morphs into Advanced Cell Medicine?”

  1. As a former employee of StemGenex who quit over moral and ethical issues, I can’t say I’m surprised to read of the class action lawsuit. It was only a matter of time. This isn’t Rita’s first time at the rodeo. If you do a deep-dive in past business practices, you’ll find similar chicanery. I’d love to be sitting in the court room. If you have any information on court hearing schedules, it would be worth the road trip.

  2. It looks like the Advanced Cell Medicine website is down. Stemgenex, Advanced Cell Medicine, all these “miracle clinics”….sigh.

  3. And the new ‘standard’ disclaimer all these bogus clinics seem to be using:

    Advanced Cell Medicine and affiliates do not claim that treatment using autologous or allogeneic stem cells are a cure for any condition, disease, or injury. Our stem cell therapies are not a part of FDA approved stem cell therapies and is not considered a cure for any medical condition. All statements and opinions provided on this website are for educational and informational purposes only and we do not diagnose or give medical advise via this website.

    Individuals interested in stem cell therapy are urged to review all pertinent information and do their own research before choosing to participate in investigational autologous or allogeneic stem cell therapy.

  4. Hmmm. Remember that mega- retraction of papers from a Harvard researcher who insisted that the heart contained regenerating stem cells?
    Harvard, are you listening? Karolinska? Thinking about a name change?

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