September 29, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

CBER stem cells

2 min read

Over the years I’ve been keeping my eyes open for advertising by stem cell clinics and lately the trend is big splashy ads in mainstream media including large daily newspapers such as the SacBee, the San Francisco Chronicle, and now the Seattle times (see below from today’s). These kinds of big ad buys on front or back pages can cost tens of thousands of dollars or more. What this means generally is that clinics are already earning or hope to make hundreds of thousands or millions …Read More

3 min read

New FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb, M.D., has in the past touched on stem cells and regenerative medicine therapies in speeches or written comments prior to starting his tenure at the agency. Now that he is Commissioner, he is poised to have direct impact on our field rather quickly and potentially with major changes in store. How might that unfold? In one of his first statements that includes stem cells and regenerative medicine as Commissioner, Gottlieb perhaps gave us some hints within a new …Read More

5 min read

For years I have been working to educate the community about the predatory stem cell clinics out there. These clinics prey on vulnerable patients and their families. The clinics use hope as a marketing tool. A weapon. As the number of such clinics has mushroomed in the US and elsewhere the risk to both patients and to the larger stem cell community proportionately rises too. We are in a situation today where the dangers from such clinics have never been higher. They are making …Read More