October 1, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

International Cellular Medicine Society

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The FDA in the past year or so has issued draft guidances on regulation of stem cells that would, if finalized, make it crystal clear that what many American stem cell clinics are selling are unapproved drugs. That would be a good thing for patients who are often being put at risk by many of the clinics. This is the reality no matter what some of the patient advocates who promote the clinics might say. Such finalized FDA regs that unambiguously state that, for …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

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The International Cellular Medicine Society (ICMS) is viewed somewhat skeptically by the stem cell community, but they are undeniably an important player in the stem cell world. A few weeks ago I interviewed ICMS President, Dr. Ricardo Rodriguez  (see interview here), and then I provided recommendations here to the ICMS to improve their organization including a less adversarial relationship with the FDA amongst other recommendations that include a patient resources webpage and an outside advisory committee. ICMS more recently announced in a PR that its IRB has been …Read More