November 27, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

Gordie Howe stem cells

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When we mix celebrities like William Shatner who played Captain Kirk on the original Star Trek series with stem cells, things usually end badly.  For this reason when I read that Shatner had gotten a supposed stem cell treatment, I saw it as bad news. Like the arrival of a Borg ship. Just one problem here is that Shatner’s getting unproven stem cells will almost certainly translate into many everyday people following suit. These people are likely to lose 10s of thousands of dollars …Read More

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This past week’s coverage of unproven stem cells exhibited a wide range both in tone and in topics including golfer Jack Nicklaus. There were the three critical articles on clinics that I blogged about earlier and then there was a CNN puff piece by Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Roni Selig mostly focused on Nicklaus. Note that “unproven” is not necessarily a bad word or pejorative adjective for stem cells as pretty much everything in clinical trials is still unproven, but if unproven stem cells are …Read More

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Stem cell clinic biotech Stemedica has just been sued  by one of its own board members based on allegations related to money the company raised, according to CourtHouseNews. The actual suit, filed by an investment company Tiara Holdings and board member Anthony Marlon, can be read here. CourtHouseNews writes: “Tiara Holdings II LLC sued Stemedica Cell Technologies Inc. and its top three officers on April 6 in Clark County Court. The officers are CEO and Chairman of the Board Roger Howe, Vice Chairman and CEO …Read More

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KPBS reporter David Wagner has an important new piece out today on for-profit investigational stem cell treatments and he focuses to a large extent on a stem cell business in San Diego called Stemedica. If you’ve heard of this company it might be in part because they were involved in the Gordie Howe stem cells for stroke story that got so much buzz. At a personal level the KPBS story is about the experience of patient Jim Gass, who received a number of non-FDA approved stem cell treatments outside the …Read More