August 9, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

stem cell law

4 min read

There once was a place called The Morrow Institute here in California run by a physician named David Morrow. This clinic did various kinds of cosmetic procedures and also unproven, non-FDA approved fat stem cell-related stuff too for some years. Last month during some research on clinics I found several media links (e.g. here) from the past couple years indicating that David and his wife Linda appeared to be fugitives from justice. That was news to me. So I began looking into that and …Read More

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It’s been a big week already for the stem cell field due to the court ruling against US Stem Cell Inc. and that the FDA can define stromal vascular fraction (SVF) as a drug (see my old rough sketch of how SVF is sometimes manufactured; my impression is that the company does this slightly differently). There is a wide range of opinions on the long-term meaning of this court ruling. Some like me view it as likely making a major positive difference, while others …Read More

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Attorney Richard Jaffe, who has been an advocate for clinics to have the right to sell and patient to buy unproven therapies such as the stem cells sold by clinics and unproven cancer therapies, just did a kind of shocking u-turn on a specific point. Jaffe and I have very different philosophical views of the unproven stem cell clinic arena with him favoring less and me favoring much more FDA oversight. He may be most well known overall for having been the attorney for …Read More

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For me there was a sense of “finally” when just under 3 months ago the FDA filed suits via the DOJ against 2 stem cell clinic firms, U.S. Stem Cell (and its affiliate U.S. Stem Cell Clinic, collectively referred to here as USRM) and California Stem Cell Treatment Center/Cell Surgical Network (collectively referred to here as CSN) seeking permanent injunctions. However, since the filings in May not much of anything has changed on these fronts and it appears that the FDA has taken no action …Read More