September 27, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

Japan Health Ministry

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Stem cell technology is poised to wow the world with biomedical advances in the coming decades. Japan wants to lead the way, particularly with applications that focus on a relatively new kind of stem cells called induced pluripotent stem cells or iPS cells. Japanese researcher, Shinya Yamanaka, first reported production of iPS cells in 2006 in mice and in 2007 in humans. Japan has raced ahead of other countries and they appear to have the intellectual property rights and drive to do so. And …Read More

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In a rare sign of stem cell international regulatory unity, the Japanese Health Ministry (厚生労働省) and the US FDA have agreed to develop a joint, unified regulatory framework for clinical studies of human iPS cells for use in treating retinal diseases. Presumably the rules would also guide clinical use of iPS cells to treat other diseases. The two regulatory bodies aim to have the joint rules in place by 2015. To me this seems like a positive development, but it may come a bit …Read More