July 12, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

Celgene

4 min read

I’ve been blogging about stem cells now for about 8 years and the recent level of hype about and fluffy media coverage of Celularity, the biotech spun out of Celgene, ranks right up here with the most extreme past cases I’ve seen. What is Celularity and who is its leadership? It’s a new biotech focused on placental stem cells with some familiar, well-known leaders including Bob Hariri and Peter Diamandis, and famous tech names on their board including John Scully and Bill Maris, along …Read More

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I’ve added a fun and helpful new feature on the right side bar of the blog in the form of a stem cell biotech stock ticker. The ticker is for some of the most widely held stem and cellular medicine companies. A sample screen shot is shown in this post. Quite a few stem cell-related stocks could not be added to this ticker for various reasons including ACTC, Mesoblast, CUR, and others. Yahoo has limits on which stocks can be included based on company …Read More

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Where do things stand with some players in the for-profit world of stem cell and cellular medicine companies? Here are a few brief news items with quick analysis. Mesoblast is dominating the news of late. Mesoblast reported good news from its Phase II safety trial for its mesenchymal progenitor cell (MPC) product in patients with Type II Diabetes. There were no treatment-related adverse outcomes and as a bonus there were hints of efficacy. Osiris Going in New Direction. Cellular medicine company Osiris has been in …Read More