July 4, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

ALS right to try

5 min read

I’ve been concerned about a stem cell group called MD Stem Cells for many years. Now it comes under more scrutiny from a new must-read piece by Donna Young over at S&P Global. Young’s article reports a puzzling, purported right-to-try (RTT) program that MD Stem Cells appears to working on with Richard Garr. Note that Garr is the former CEO of Neuralstem (for reference, that company just renamed itself Seneca Biopharma) who now runs a CRO focused on RTT. My SCOTS concerns Two physicians …Read More

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A new right-to-try company called Beacon of Hope is stirring some intense discussion. State and federal right-to-try laws could potentially change the fabric of how many investigational studies are conducted. That may happen through firms like Beacon of Hope. However, we don’t know much about the firm. I’m hoping to help change that. Today’s post includes a detailed interview with the leader of Beacon of Hope, Richard Garr. For background, Garr was formerly CEO at Neuralstem. During his tenure at Neuralstem it became well-known …Read More

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Right-To-Try laws have been passed in many states across America, paving the way in theory for gravely ill patients to have the right to try unproven treatments of various kinds, and now there is a serious push underway for a national Right-To-Try law. What is a Right-To-Try law? Typically, these Right-To-Try laws allow for a patient facing serious illness, with consent of their physician and the business that makes the still investigational therapy, to not have to wait for full vetting of the new treatment. They …Read More