August 8, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

Regenerative Medicine journal

4 min read

I’m a biologist and genetics researcher, but as I have time I still squeeze in a little research on stem cell clinics when I can, and my new pub in Regenerative Medicine is notable for looking at changes in clinic firms in a unique kind of way. In the paper I went back to the 351 stem cell clinic firms with their 570 stem cell clinic locations that Leigh Turner and I defined in our 2015-2016 study published in Cell Stem Cell. I looked …Read More

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When you think of an ecosystem, do you imagine something like a forest or jungle full of different organisms? I usually do, but over the last few years I’ve also been thinking about this concept in a different way. I’ve been viewing the broad stem cell arena as an ecosystem. In that spirit, I’ve recently published a new paper in Regenerative Medicine that delves into the idea of a “stem cell ecosystem”. This system has many parts and if you view it historically it …Read More

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There are now so many clinics selling non-FDA approved stem cell offerings across the U.S. that tens or hundreds of thousands of patients are at risk. How did we get here? What if we had a way of understanding how stem cell clinics spread across the U.S. in the first place? For example, an animated map showing the spread of stem cell clinics selling non-FDA approved “treatments” across the U.S. would be useful. With publication of our new paper, the recent work of Leigh Turner …Read More

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Stem cell-based Regenerative Medicine has huge power for good in the clinic and at the same time great potential for economic development. Those two things go hand in hand. As I argued in my stem cell book, biotech commercialization of stem cells is not a bad thing, but rather if it is done responsibly it is a good, necessary part of advancing therapies to help patients. From an economic perspective  stem cell-based Regenerative Medicine is a new, exciting brand. It’s a brand, but a …Read More