September 21, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

California Stem Cell Agency

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There is always plenty of complicated, mixed-bag news on the stem cell and regenerative medicine front so it’s great to highlight when there’s some good news out there. Today’s post includes several such upbeat items. At the bottom I’ve included a list of some recent interesting publications as well. Good news on vision front: jCyte Therapy Deal with Santen Pharmaceutical. David Jensen over at California Stem Cell Report reported on this blockbuster deal for a quarter of a billion dollars. Jensen wrote: “The California …Read More

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New court documents indicate that the stem cell clinic Stemgenex was contemplating paying nearly $20K to try to get certain webpages that were critical of the company taken down. The documents include internal company emails that are part of the lawsuit against the firm. They indicate that Stemgenex was mulling over the idea of hiring a “reputation management” company, The Reputation Group, in 2016 to deal with critical web content. For background, the suit itself alleges that Stemgenex engaged in improper marketing to make potential customers view past …Read More

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Long-time stem cell advocate, Don Reed, has written a great new book called Stem Cell Battles: Proposition 71 and Beyond. The subtitle is “How Ordinary People Can Fight the Crushing Burden of Chronic Disease — with a Posthumous Foreword by Christopher Reeve.” Don’s book is a wonderful window into the behind-the-scenes herculean efforts that went into making the California Stem Cell Agency (CIRM) a reality via Proposition 71. It’s a very enjoyable read taking us right into the tireless work that Don, his son Roman, …Read More

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The future is now. Or so goes the expression. For CIRM, it rings true today. Last year I blogged about what we might expect from the new CIRM that would evolve and take form in the future. I was particularly thinking about this coming incarnation of CIRM, which I called CIRM 2.0, as it related to post-2017 when existing Prop. 71 state funding will run out and I was making the case for additional state funding for beyond 2017 for CIRM. However, the stem …Read More