May 31, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

Dr. Mark Berman

5 min read

We’re seeing more muddy waters in the stem cell universe. A chiropractic stem cell and alternative medicine clinic has popped up calling itself, of all things, CIRM. On another front, an already controversial docuseries set to air tomorrow combines interviews with prominent academic stem cell scientists and unproven stem cell clinic folks, muddying the waters. Was that the goal? What’s the deal? As to the stem cell clinic referring to itself as CIRM, some of us in the stem cell world already know of …Read More

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Will the adipose stem cell clinic firms facing permanent injunction suits by the FDA — U.S. Stem Cell Inc. (USRM) and California Stem Cell Treatment Center (CSCTC)/Cell Surgical Network (CSN) — cool it in the sense of voluntarily shutting down their commercial fat stem cell injections of customers soon pending the outcomes of the suits? Or will things heat up further? In the interview I did last week with Patti Zettler she mentioned the possibility of a voluntary stop by the clinics. The more …Read More

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Does a new lawsuit including Cell Surgical Network and its leadership as defendants pose a broad test to this entire chain of stem cell clinics, which may be the largest such affiliated clinic group in the U.S. and potentially even in the world? Will lawsuits substantially impact stem cell clinics? Lawsuits against unproven, for-profit stem cell clinics seem to be growing in numbers the last few years. Some of us have been speculating on the potential impact of such lawsuits as I’ve written here and …Read More

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Is the largest affiliated group of stem cell clinics in America, Cell Surgical Network, now using laboratory-proliferated stem cells in patients? Do they already have some kind of final FDA approval for this clinical approach given that lab-grown stem cells are generally viewed as drugs requiring premarket approval? Over the years I’ve reached out to interview many members of our diverse community in the stem cell arena including those operating stem cell clinics. One past such past interview (here and here) was with the …Read More

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Popular Science recently did a piece on stem cell clinics that has raised some red flags. The concerns in this case are not necessarily about the clinics per se, but rather the actual article itself. There are a lot of stem cell clinics out there and for years they had a pretty consistent strategy of avoiding media attention. It’s almost as if they had a secret “fly under the radar” club to avoid negative PR. However, today’s stem cell clinics are bolder and have adopted …Read More

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The Cell Surgical Network is a for-profit network of clinics offering various stem cell-related interventions, which began with the California Stem Cell Treatment Center. I have interviewed Drs. Elliot Lander and Mark Berman of the Network in past (Part 1, Part 2) and I raised some concerns about the network in a follow up Part 3 post, which was replied to in a lengthy comment by Dr. Berman. In the course of this dialogue it was indicated that Cell Surgical Network had an IRB through the International …Read More