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Stem cell predictions coming true: Celltex moves to offer transplants in Mexico

I’m on a roll with my stem cell predictions for 2013 (see all 10 here). First, I got it right with my #1 prediction that the Supreme Court would take a pass on the Sherley v Sebelius Case. Now, I read from excellent science writer David Cyranoski at Nature that Celltex is going to be …

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Nuggets and pyrite in Businessweek article on Celltex

Businessweek just published a very long, interesting article on Celltex by Susan Berfield yesterday. I was happy to talk with Susan at length about the key issues and be quoted in the article. See image at left of two key Celltex leaders, David Eller, CEO of Celltex, and Stan Jones above (Photograph by Thomas Prior …

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Celltex unsure if FDA agrees product isn’t a drug, but expects 2nd FDA visit soon

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I recently asked Celltex if they had definitely convinced the FDA their product was not a drug (i.e. the FDA confirmed their product was not a drug) or rather they had tried and hoped they had. It appears the latter is correct from the Celltex response below: Dear Dr. Knoepfler, Thank you for your interest …

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New Celltex website goes live for the first time, making many safety & efficacy claims

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Celltex, the controversial stem cell clinic in Texas, announced in a press release (PR) today a couple of new hires. It also fired up its website for the first time that I am aware of. You can check out the website here. Wow. The website is notable since it has been inactive for quite some …

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Korean stem cell clinic sued by patients in U.S. for fraud

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For the first time to my knowledge, patients have sued a dubious stem cell clinic (RNL Bio) for fraud. As one stem cell expert has put it (see below), now there is “blood in the water”. RNL Bio of Korea has reportedly (hat tip to Leigh Turner) just been sued for fraud by patients related to stem …

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Celltex responds in press release: FDA problems result of their Texas lab being run by Koreans, not Texans

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Celltex has issued a press release (PR), entitled “Company Pioneering Regenerative Medicine Services Invited FDA to Inspect Lab” on their FDA audit in response to the reaction in the media and stem cell community about it. I view this PR as a step in the right direction–more openness! There is a lot of info in …

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Surprising FDA audit report of Celltex a blow to dubious stem cell clinics

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As I first reported, the FDA conducted a two-week audit of Texas adult stem cell firm, Celltex, sometime in April. Today I received a copy of the so-called “483 report” of that audit. It is basically a summary of problematic issues that the FDA says need to addressed. The FDA report is cause for some …

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Meeting with Rick Perry to build stem cell bridges

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 …

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