September 25, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

Celltex Rick Perry

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I met with Texas Governor Rick Perry, himself a recipient of stem cell transplants, last year to talk stem cells. He was enthusiastic about stem cells to put it mildly and it was great to talk with him. My impression from meeting with him in person is that he is clearly a very intelligent, energetic, and gifted leader. But even the best leaders make mistakes and I think stem cells may spell trouble for him in the long run. Now that he has announced …Read More

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Texas Guv Rick Perry just announced that he will not run again for governor. This political development has important impact in the stem cell field, particularly in the state of Texas. Perry is one of the biggest advocates of certain types of adult stem cell commercialization. When he is no longer governor there will be impact on certain stem cell for-profits. Texas stem cell clinic, Celltex, has had a rough past year including an FDA audit, FDA warning letter, and suspension of their clinical operations. …Read More

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On Monday I had the privilege to participate in a very unique meeting down in San Diego, CA with Governor Rick Perry of Texas. The focus was on the future of stem cell translational research and clinical application. The small meeting was hosted by Jerry Henberger of the Parkinson’s Association of San Diego, at the Scripps Research Institute and the catalyst for the meeting was patient advocate Michael Thorsnes. Mike has described himself as a “recovering attorney” and he is also a great photographic artist. …Read More