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CIRM 2.0 Should Include Bridges Training Program

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The California Stem Cell Agency CIRM seems to be in budget cutting mode these days, which from a general perspective makes sense as CIRM seeks to continue operating on its remaining funding through a longer period of time as far out as to 2020. However, not all cuts are necessarily positive. For example, CIRM reportedly (note: many …

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Interview with Tory Williams of Amazing Alabama Institute of Medicine (AIM)

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The Alabama Institute of Medicine (AIM) is one of the great success stories in the stem cell research field. It’s an extraordinary achievement as a state stem cell agency. Below I’ve interviewed one of AIM’s founders and its Vice President, Tory Williams. Above you can see a picture of Tory with Roman Reed at the …

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Review of New ACT Paper on hESC-derived MSCs

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Advanced Cell Technology (ACT; $ACTC) has a new paper out on using human embryonic stem cells (hESC) to make MSCs with potentially powerful therapeutic potential. The paper, entitled Mesenchymal stem cell population derived from human pluripotent stem cells displays potent immunomodulatory and therapeutic properties, was published in the journal Stem Cells and Development. What’s the scoop on this …

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Why the FDA should not green-light 3-parent reproduction

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An FDA committee began a meeting yesterday that continues today to consider permitting new assisted reproduction-based “3-parent” technology that could address mitochondrial disorders, a serious human health problem. The technology also raises complex health issues of its own and invokes ethical questions. The goal of the FDA meeting is articulated this way: “the committee will …

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Interview with Robert Klein on CIRM’s Future

What does the future hold for CIRM? I asked former CIRM Board Chair and Prop 71 leader, Robert Klein, about that and more in the interview below. He also says some particularly exciting clinical trial and other developments in the stem cell field are coming soon. What got you excited for the very first time …

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Osiris FDA Letter: Trick or Treat?

Osiris, a cellular therapy biotech, recently received a so-called “untitled letter” from the FDA. The text of the letter seems on the whole negative in my opinion, while the company’s public reaction to the letter on the other hand could be seen paradoxically as rather cheery. What’s going on here? With Halloween coming, one has …

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Osiris success with Diabetic foot ulcers is a giant step

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Stem cell & cellular medicine biotech, Osiris, reported a major success today with its cell-based treatment of Diabetic foot ulcers. The data are about as good as it gets. The company’s Grafix product for the ulcers was three times more effective than the control. A cross-over phase where those given the control were switched to …

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Tribute to CIRM Vice-Chair, Duane Roth

Duane Roth, the Vice-Chair of the California Stem Cell Agency CIRM and the leader of CONNECT, an organization promoting entrepreneurship in the San Diego area, died yesterday. Roth had been in a serious solo cycling accident on July 21. Roth had a long, successful career in biotech including having founded Alliance Pharmaceutical Corp. He was …

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