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Nominees for Stem Cell Person of the Year 2013: scientists, advocates, physicians, and the Pope

Nominations for Stem Cell Person of the Year 2013 closed last night and I ended up with a remarkable list of 30 nominees. I have included a few sentences about each one below, often taking verbiage directly from the nominator. The online voting on these nominees will start soon. The top vote getters will move …

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Celltex FDA FOIA letter #2: no safety concerns with our stem cells, which really are not drugs

A FOIA request that I made with the FDA in mid-December 2012 has at long last revealed  letters from Celltex  to the FDA that previously were not in the public domain. The reason for the FOIA and for these blog posts is to shed some light on important issues that particularly relate to patient safety. I …

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Jeong Chan Ra Arrest: Can RNL Bio (알앤엘바이오) Survive?

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Over at Health in the Global Village, Leigh Turner yesterday published an excellent piece updating us all on the latest news on Korean stem cell company RNL BIo (알앤엘바이오) and its leader, Dr. Jeong Chan Ra (라정찬 ). Addition: The story was reported in several Korean news outlets including Hani here.  A video here by MBC News of Korea, one …

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FDA still investigating clinic firm Celltex

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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 …

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Stem Cell Person of the Year 2012: Roman Reed

The Knoepfler Lab 2012 Stem Cell Person of the Year is Roman Reed. Congratulations, Roman! Roman made a tremendous difference in 2012 in many ways. One of the most notable was catalyzing the TJ Atchison Spinal Cord Injury Research Act in Alabama, which provides $400,000/year in funding for research. Of course, TJ and many others …

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Stem cell blog of the year 2012: stemcellassays.com by Alexey Bersenev

Stem cell blogs make a big contribution to the stem cell world. Which is the best? It’s a tough choice. This year my pick is stemcellassays.com by Alexey Bersenev as 2012 Stem Cell Blog of the Year. You can also follow Alexey on Twitter here. Congrats to Alexey. Alexey’s blog consistently is outstanding in that it …

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Stem Cell Person of the Year Finalists: time to vote

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Here on The Niche I’m giving out a Stem Cell Person of the Year Award for 2012 along with all my other annual awards (e.g. best stem cell journal, paper, blog, comic, activist, etc). 2020 update: you can see future winners of the award here. The Person of the Year winner will get recognition for …

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Celltex and former partner RNL Bio/Biostar sue each other: what’s going on?

Celltex is a stem cell company in Texas most well known for Guv Rick Perry’s stem cell transplant. The Celltex business model is to isolate, amplify, and bank patients’ stem cells for subsequent treatment by physicians (for more background including on the FDA role see here and here). Until the last few weeks, an important element …

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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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