May 29, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

Rick Perry Stem Cells

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When the number of stem cell clinical studies and trials listed for COVID-19 first started spiraling upward it seemed likely that stem cell clinics and other firms in that arena would get interested. I thought that we’d see the unproven regenerative medicine coronavirus bandwagon quickly grow. Unfortunately, there are reasons to be increasingly concerned here. For instance, the idea that stem cells or exosomes could successfully treat COVID-19 is getting more buzz by clinics and other related firms. Sometimes it is getting hyped too in the …Read More

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Would you believe in a stem cell miracle? Sometimes the mainstream media stumbles in its coverage of the stem cell world and a recent CNN puff piece on a patient of stem cell clinic Celltex is a prime example of just how extreme this can get. The CNN piece focuses on a Celltex patient who self-reports perceived big improvement after receiving the non-FDA approved offerings of the Texas stem cell clinic. Celltex is most famous for their number one customer and supporter Rick Perry, former Governor …Read More

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Former Texas governor Rick Perry, now the Trump Department of energy (DoE) nominee, has a long association with the Texas stem cell clinic, Celltex. He was a patient of Celltex, which some years back infused Perry with non-FDA approved stem cells. The company received a warning letter from the FDA and since that time has sold its stem cells in Mexico away from FDA oversight. Perry has been a long-time supporter of Celltex.More recently he has served on the Celltex board and reportedly earned $175,000 …Read More

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I met with Texas Governor Rick Perry, himself a recipient of stem cell transplants, last year to talk stem cells. He was enthusiastic about stem cells to put it mildly and it was great to talk with him. My impression from meeting with him in person is that he is clearly a very intelligent, energetic, and gifted leader. But even the best leaders make mistakes and I think stem cells may spell trouble for him in the long run. Now that he has announced …Read More