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B+ on my report card on my 20 stem cell predictions for 2019

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Last year around this time I took my annual plunge to make 20 predictions for the coming year for the stem cell and regenerative medicine field. I even made a crystal ball graphic to highlight the complexity of the stem cell ecosystem into which these predictions were embedded (see image) for 2019. How’d I do? …

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Discover Magazine runs full-page ‘stem cell’ snake oil ad

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Marketing of unproven stem cells has exploded in the past 3 years including some ads for things that sure seem like snake oil to me. Overall, it’s likely that hundreds of thousands of dollars if not more than a million are being spent on advertising of unproven stem cells. While in the past I’ve generally …

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How much is stem cell therapy? 2019 cost poll results

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After almost a decade blogging about stem cells from just about every angle, it’s interesting to consider trends in the types of questions I get asked such as this much more common one now as compared to 2010: How much is stem cell therapy? What does a patient pay on average for stem cells in …

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Kristin Comella resigns from embattled clinic firm US Stem Cell

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US Stem Cell, Inc. reports in a new SEC filing that its key leader Kristin Comella has resigned as of September 1. I never thought I’d see the day when Kristin Comella and US Stem Cell, Inc. parted ways. To me Comella seemed like the driving force behind the company, which is now subject to …

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My Regenerative medicine pub tracking 100s of stem cell clinics over 3 years

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I’m a biologist and genetics researcher, but as I have time I still squeeze in a little research on stem cell clinics when I can, and my new pub in Regenerative Medicine is notable for looking at changes in clinic firms in a unique kind of way. In the paper I went back to the …

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Dissecting Liveyon FDA inspection report & troubled perinatal stem cell industry

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The perinatal stem cell clinic supplier Liveyon has had many issues recently including an FDA inspection that  in my view didn’t go well and which I’ll return to in a minute. First, some background on the company and this troubled industry. E. coli and other pathogens ended up in some of the Liveyon product somehow …

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Stem cell good news & pubs in late May 2019

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The exciting and sometimes downright crazy giant stem cell ecosystem of legit research and unproven stem cell clinics could use a dose of good news now and then. In today post, I highlight some upbeat news and some interesting recent pubs. Enjoy! From a team led by Hina Chaudhry, MD, Director of Cardiovascular Regenerative Medicine at …

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NY stem cell clinic pushes back on lawsuit by AG

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Unproven stem cell clinics are facing a variety of lawsuits these days including two prominent cases filed by the FDA. There are widespread patient suits against clinics as well. In April we saw a new kind of suit in the form of the NY State Attorney General (AG) Letitia James filing against a Manhattan clinic. …

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Why NY AG suit against Manhattan stem cell clinic is such a big deal

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The New York State Attorney General (AG) filed suit this week against a Manhattan stem cell clinic. It’s a landmark case. The defendants are Image Plastic Surgery, LLC, Park Avenue Stem Cell, and Joel B. Singer, M.D. The clinic markets adipose stem cell injections for a variety of health conditions. Park Avenue Stem had belonged …

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Sales of ‘zombie’, birth-related ‘stem cells’ continue to mushroom

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The birth-related stem cell clinic industry is a serious problem for patients, the stem cell field, and the FDA as the clinics sell more and more of what I think of as “zombie” injections. One of the biggest changes in the last 2 years in the unproven stem cell clinic arena was predicted by the …

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