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Money and stem cell ‘miracles’: Pluristem questioned on ethics

Pluristem Therapeutics Inc. is a publicly traded (NASDAQ) biotech Israeli company that is developing stem cell treatments based on the use of expanded placental stem cells called PLX cells. The Pluristem PLX drug is not approved for treating patients at this time in any country, however Pluristem has treated a handful of patients via something …

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Stem cell shootout at the Texas Trib Festival including Celltex

The Texas Tribune held a liveblog regarding Health & Human Services at festival they were sponsoring. A particularly testy, interesting exchange on stem cells occurred (see starting around 2:51PM)  involving Andrea Ferrenz of Celltex and Dr. Leigh Turner of University of Minnesota as well as Texas State Rep. Rick Hardcastle and David Bales of Texans …

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As stem cell industry explodes, can a static FDA keep up?

There are legitimate arguments about the degree to which the FDA should regulate stem cell clinics and the point-of-care, for-profit stem cell industry. I’ve held debates about that on my blog with argument on both sides including a very valuable debate between Dr. Chris Centeno and Doug Sipp. However, increasingly it is looking like the …

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My ongoing Q&A with Celltex on their stem cell drug production methods

How does Texas stem cell clinic Celltex make their stem cell drug?  This is a very key question as the answers will help the stem cell field evaluate this drug’s potential safety and efficacy. I’m calling it a “drug” because the FDA called Celltex a “drug manufacturer” and by all past FDA precedent as well …

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Testimony in supermodel stem cell fraud case: “I lied to patients”

“I lied to patients,” testified a weeping, young woman in court related to a fraud allegation involving stem cells. She had worked as an office assistant at a company that injected bogus and potentially dangerous cow-based “stem cell” treatments into human patients. This company, which in different incarnations went by various names including Biomark in …

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Celltex SEC filing reveals smart moves & strategy for a path forward

Dr. Leigh Turner, who always seems ahead of the curve on breaking news regarding Celltex, reported today that Celltex has filed a Form D with the SEC. This filing by Celltex points toward some strategies moving forward for the company and in my opinion shows some very smart moves. Amongst these actions include hiring new …

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Korean stem cell clinic sued by patients in U.S. for fraud

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For the first time to my knowledge, patients have sued a dubious stem cell clinic (RNL Bio) for fraud. As one stem cell expert has put it (see below), now there is “blood in the water”. RNL Bio of Korea has reportedly (hat tip to Leigh Turner) just been sued for fraud by patients related to stem …

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Poll indicates major pessimism on future of Texas stem cell clinic, Celltex

What does the future hold for the privately-held Texas stem cell clinic, Celltex, that had given Governor Perry a stem cell transplant? I put up a poll a few days ago asking this question and the results have been striking. By way of background, it’s been a complicated few weeks for Celltex. Almost a month ago, I …

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Surprising FDA audit report of Celltex a blow to dubious stem cell clinics

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As I first reported, the FDA conducted a two-week audit of Texas adult stem cell firm, Celltex, sometime in April. Today I received a copy of the so-called “483 report” of that audit. It is basically a summary of problematic issues that the FDA says need to addressed. The FDA report is cause for some …

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