August 5, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

stem cell clinics

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Take our poll: what will be the fates of the stem cell clinic firms sued by the FDA one year from now in October 2019? To be clear, I am asking for your predictions, not what you hope will be the situation a year from now. U.S. Stem Cell, Inc. (USRM) and California Stem Cell Treatment Center along with its parent stem cell clinic chain Cell Surgical Network were separately but in parallel sued in May by the FDA via the DOJ seeking permanent injunctions …Read More

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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) took some strong action against specific stem cell clinics today and the physician behind them. I see this as really good news and it’s something I’ve been pushing for years. The clinics in question in part marketed unproven stem cells for sick kids. Frankly, iffy for-profit stem cell “treatments” for kids is something that especially pisses me off as it’s even riskier and inherently raises more ethical issues.  In the announcement today, the FTC described a settlement and outlined …Read More

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I’m enjoying attending and speaking at the annual Science Writers 2018 meeting in D.C. where I spoke this morning on a panel about stem cells. The session was specifically on the Wild West of stem cells. You can follow the meeting events on Twitter with the #sciwri18 hashtag. I had three wonderful fellow panelists, Marilynn Marchione of the AP, Terry Devitt of the University of Wisconsin, and Dr. Peter Marks, Head of CBER at the FDA (pictured). Marilynn and Terry ran the session. The session was …Read More

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The FDA has issued a recall of the main stem cell product of a California firm called Liveyon that is linked to unproven stem cell clinics. The recall seems to have been due to “adverse reactions.” An emerging big player in the birth-related stem cell clinic area? I’ve been hearing the name Liveyon pop up more often in the unproven stem cell clinic industry recently. More specifically, they seem to be a supplier and marketer of birth-related products to clinics. The clinics then in …Read More