November 23, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

Texas

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Texas Governor Rick Perry just announced that he will not run again for governor. This political development has important impact in the stem cell field, particularly in the state of Texas. Perry is one of the biggest advocates of certain types of adult stem cell commercialization. When he is no longer governor there will be impact on certain stem cell for-profits. Texas stem cell clinic, Celltex, has had a rough past year including an FDA audit, FDA warning letter, and suspension of their clinical operations. …Read More

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In response to a FOIA request, the FDA informed me that they are continuing to investigate Texas stem cell clinic, Celltex. The firm has been flying somewhat under the radar lately. They have not responded to multiple requests for comments on various issues. The FDA indicated to me that what they can release in terms of documents is limited at this time because, to quote them, “The FDA inspection of CellTex is still open”. Note that the FDA refers to the company with an internal …Read More

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Today was day one of the Houston Stem Cell Summit, at which Guv Rick Perry was a keynote speaker. I thank the organizer for inviting me to attend and I wish I could have, but I’ve spent a good chunk of the day today teaching medical students right here in Sacramento, CA so I could not go. The meeting got off to an impactful beginning with Perry’s speech (see below). There are many interests elements to Perry’s speech, but one added part in particular …Read More

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I like Texas. It is one of my favorite states. Over the last few years I’ve made many friends down in Texas. I also had the pleasure of having a meeting with your Governor, Rick Perry, about future stem cell policy. I’m hoping to meet with him again. I’m planning to visit your great state in a few months for a meeting and I’m excited. One of my goals of this blog is building what I call stem cell bridges and one that I …Read More