October 31, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

New York stem cells

8 min read

Some readers suggested earlier this year that I look into a clinic firm called ‘Stem Cell Centers’ with its owner Travis Autor. I didn’t have time to do much since I’ve been very busy in the lab before the state Attorney Generals of Iowa and Nebraska sued them based on a number of allegations including in the Iowa case for fraud. This is a very significant development for the field. The suits focus both on medically unproven and non-FDA approved stem cells and exosomes. …Read More

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Unproven stem cell clinics are facing a variety of lawsuits these days including two prominent cases filed by the FDA. There are widespread patient suits against clinics as well. In April we saw a new kind of suit in the form of the NY State Attorney General (AG) Letitia James filing against a Manhattan clinic. I’m not going to rehash the allegations (see the above link to my piece with more info), but this one quote from the AG office has some key details: …Read More

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The New York State Attorney General (AG) filed suit this week against a Manhattan stem cell clinic. It’s a landmark case. The defendants are Image Plastic Surgery, LLC, Park Avenue Stem Cell, and Joel B. Singer, M.D. The clinic markets adipose stem cell injections for a variety of health conditions. Park Avenue Stem had belonged to the clinic chain Cell Surgical Network, which itself is facing both a federal lawsuit seeking a permanent injunction and a patient lawsuit naming them as a co-defendant.  An …Read More

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Washington State is considering state funding for regenerative medicine. How cool is that? You can read more about this effort in an opinion piece authored by Washington stem cell researcher, Professor Charles Murry. There’s so much important stem cell research going on that federal funding, private and biotech investors, and philanthropy simply cannot fund it all so in many cases state funding can fulfill a crucial role as we’ve seen here in California with CIRM and in other states such as New York and Maryland. …Read More