May 31, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

Search Results for: Athersys

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Could two stem cell biotechs Athersys and Mesoblast help in the battle against the novel coronavirus? Stem cells, ARDS, and COVID-19 I’ve already written two pieces about the idea of using stem cells to battle COVID-19 (here and here), the sometimes fatal disease that arises from infection with the novel coronavirus. Older patients and those with underlying conditions are those at greatest risk of severe disease that results in hospitalization, entry into the ICU, and in some cases death. One of the key elements …Read More

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There has been a lot of excitement this week about a press release from stem cell biotech Athersys that reported that treatment of stroke patients with its product MultiStem was associated with a statistically significant improvement at 1-year. This sounds encouraging and the stock has spiked up as a result. However, there are some naysayers including long-time stem cell biotech critic Adam Feuerstein, who today painted the Athersys press release as little more than spin. Feuerstein went through a list of what he describes …Read More

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The idea of testing stem cells for COVID-19 may be music to the ears of some folks as an opportunity, but to me from the beginning it sounded mostly like a spaghetti on the wall road to trouble. There is buzz out there that some kind of stem cells or other cells will help with COVID-19. The reality is that that’s probably not going to happen. Even so, a whole range of people and firms are somewhat exaggerating and in a few cases outright …Read More

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  It’s been a busy week for the cellular and regenerative medicine space for COVID-19 news with some possible ups including for Mesoblast and some definite downs. Starting with the more positive media buzz with have Mesoblast. Mesoblast made COVID19 news “Thinly traded Mesoblast Limited (NASDAQ:MESO) rockets 51% premarket on average volume in reaction to its announcement of an 83% (n=10/12) survival rate in ventilator-dependent COVID19 patients who were treated with its allogeneic mesenchymal stem cell product candidate remestemcel-L within the first five days. Nine of the 10 …Read More

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Could various kinds of cell therapy help patients with COVID-19? A variety of cell therapies, mostly focused on mesenchymal stromal/stem cells (MSCs), have gotten cleared quickly in the U.S., China, and Israel and possibly other countries to be tested in patients with the novel coronavirus. I hope at least one proves helpful. It’s mostly a long shot, but some investigational products seem relatively speaking more promising than others. Here are some of the main developments as of April 13, 2020. I will likely update …Read More

The novel coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19, have swept the world with few proven treatment options. There is also no vaccine and none is likely to be available for 1-2 years realistically. While COVID-19 is generally a mild disease in kids (many of whom don’t even show symptoms), young adults, and even some middle-aged people, in older folks and those with underlying conditions it can be disastrous and even fatal. For all these reasons, there is interest in pursuing novel treatment options …Read More