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Stem cell news bites: Astellas trial, cystic fibrosis claim, a few cool papers

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Stem cell news is always burbling up, sometimes right there in front of us on the web and other times via networks of people. Astellas news. Some may remember there used to be this pioneering stem cell biotech called ACT, which then became Ocata, and finally was acquired by the big company Astellas. One of …

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Grading my stem cell predictions for 2016: how’d I do?

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Below are the 2016 stem cell predictions I made last year and their status now color-coded near year’s end. Green is right, orange is mixed bag, and red is flat out wrong. Overall, I did better than most past years with only having entirely blown it on four. Stay tuned later this week for my 2017 predictions, …

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REGROW Act, Mark Kirk Lobbying & Contributions Yield Stem Cell Surprises

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The money behind a piece of legislation can provide unique insights into the back story and this is definitely true for the REGROW Act that would reduce FDA oversight of the investigational use of stem cells in patients. Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois, who is facing probable defeat next week in his reelection bid according to …

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Prospects for stem cell stocks in 2016

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Money plays a major role in the arena of stem cells, cell therapy, and regenerative medicine. The financial side of this cutting-edge field ranges from grants to private investors to publicly traded stocks. One could argue that the flow of total investment going into this area has a direct and tangible impact on how rapidly …

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Stem Cell News Briefs: Anversa, Japan Regs, Ocata Suit, More

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It’s been a busy few weeks for the stem cell field. Below are some news briefs on developments. RetractionWatch reports that Piero Anversa is leaving Harvard/Brigham and Women’s Hospital after an investigation and dismissed lawsuit he filed against the institution. All still quiet on the STAP cell front at the same institutions. There’s some more …

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What is Astellas Pharma, the purchaser of Ocata?

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Astellas Pharma is on track to purchase Ocata Therapeutics (formerly Advanced Cell Technology). This has stirred a lot of strong feelings amongst investors in Ocata. (Update, now almost 5 years later, the Ocata vision program is still not going full steam ahead at its new owner it seems). I’ve also been wondering what exactly is …

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