September 29, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

Elliot Lander

5 min read

When the FDA has a major problem with something, it can issue a warning letter or more rarely it can file suit in court for an injunction against the particular party. The FDA has now done both of these things on different fronts with Beverly Hills stem cell clinic doctor and cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Mark Berman. Berman and his clinic partner, urologist Elliot Lander, run an adipose stem cell firm called California Stem Cell Treatment Center. This clinic seems effectively to also be the HQ …Read More

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I emailed the CSO of US Stem Cell, Kristin Comella, for any reaction to today’s big news of the DOJ filing suit against two stem cell clinic firms including hers seeking injunctions. I also emailed the leaders of the other firm, California Stem Cell Treatment Center/Cell Surgical Network. It’s important to include the clinic firms’ perspectives for balance as this story develops. US Stem Cell’s PR firm and Cell Surgical Network both emailed back. US Stem Cell has issued a response to the action …Read More

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The DOJ and FDA are seeking permanent injunctions in federal court against two of the most widespread and influential of the for-profit, unproven stem cell clinic firms in the U.S. This story is breaking so I’ll have more later this week. The take home is that I see this action as a positive, probably historic turning point for dealing with the for-profit stem cell clinic problem in the U.S. Update: US Stem Cell says it intends to fight the DOJ in court. According to the Washington …Read More

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I recently interviewed Drs. Elliot Lander and Mark Berman of the Cell Surgical Network, an affiliated chain of clinics selling stem cell interventions for more than a dozen medical conditions. You can read Part 1 here and Part 2 here of the interview where we cover 10 important questions. Today is Part 3, where I explain why their answers deeply trouble me. First, let me answer a question myself: why interview the leaders of the Cell Surgical Network, especially if I felt going into it that I would …Read More