September 21, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

COVID-19

10 min read

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

5 min read

How can we scientists find ways to keep doing our research during the COVID19 pandemic even if it has nothing to do with the coronavirus? Also, how should those of us involved in science communication talk about the outbreak? At a more basic level, how can scientists try not to go bonkers during this dark time? Patients and scientist patience As I’ve been writing here on The Niche during the pandemic I’ve been aiming to focus on practical issues. For instance, can new cellular …Read More

3 min read

  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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A firm called Kimera labs just received an untitled letter from the FDA. The firm has been supplying non-FDA-approved exosomes to various customers including at least one stem cell clinic without sparking any obvious action from the agency, but on April 10th that changed with the letter, which in my view is quite serious. What sparked it? My sense is that a major trigger was Kimera Labs being linked some weeks back to an experimental infusion of exosomes into a COVID19 patient. The letter …Read More