August 7, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

Month: August 2019

3 min read

“HSCT Chicago Clinic Closing!” is the startling header in all caps on a patient-run Facebook page about a stem cell therapy clinical trial program at Northwestern University. What’s going on? Unfortunately, the promising field of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) for multiple sclerosis (MS) and other autoimmune diseases seems to have suffered an unexpected setback here. Dr. Richard Burt of Northwestern, one of the leading figures in the area of developing HSCT approaches for MS and other autoimmune disorders, is going on a sabbatical …Read More

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When you write a book like our new dragon book, as the first reviews of it start coming in you just never know what they’ll be like. When the person or outlet doing the review has a huge audience, the stakes are higher. How have the early reviews been for our new How to Build a Dragon or Die Trying book? For background, my daughter Julie and I wrote a book about how one would try to make a real, living, fire-breathing dragon. You …Read More

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Stem cell treatment cost is a big issue for patients now and longer term also for the stem cell field. If proven stem cell treatments end up costing too much then all that hard work to invent and test the therapies won’t have helped people much. Million or multi-million dollar new therapies are not so unusual these days in the biotech world. Here are some recent examples: From ASH Clinical News on a Novartis drug:“AVXS-101, a treatment for spinal muscular atrophy, will cost $4 …Read More

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Up until now Utah hasn’t immediately come to mind as a hub for stem cell issues, but things are heating up there in 2019. Utah? I was going to do a blog post here on The Niche last month about perinatal (birth-related) biologics and stem cell-related supply companies in Utah. Some of their customers appear to be unproven stem cell clinics so that concerned me. I even started writing a draft post many weekends ago. However, it’s taken some time to try to square …Read More