August 8, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

Right To Try Laws

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On Thursday here at UC Davis School of Medicine we held our second annual Stem Cell Ethics Symposium. The symposium was organized by Drs. Mark Yarborough and Nanette Joyce as well as me. In this post I report on key take homes from the meeting and summarize the specific talks. As far as I know, this is one of the few events in the world where there is such a wide diversity of stakeholders present both as speakers and in the audience to specifically discuss stem cell ethics for a full …Read More

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It’s been a seemingly rather quiet year on the regulatory front in the US when it comes to direct-to-consumer stem cell interventions even as the number of dubious stem cell clinics continues to skyrocket. I requested an interview with the FDA to cover the key pressing issues in this arena. I want to thank the FDA for taking the time to do this interview. Below are their answers covering regulation of SVF, homologous use, FDA action/inaction on dubious stem cell clinics, Right To Try …Read More

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I invited Neuralstem CEO, Richard Garr, to do a Q&A interview and he kindly accepted. The interview provides some novel insights into this major biotech in the stem cell sector. 1. How is Neuralstem doing today? What programs are underway that you find particularly exciting?  Garr: Neuralstem is moving on all cylinders these days on both our cell therapy and small molecule clinical programs.  We have just completed all the transplantations of our phase two ALS patients, with the data lock coming early in …Read More

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What are the most interesting questions for the stem cell field in 2014 right now? What’s on your mind? I’m not going to give this deep thought, but rather just list those questions bouncing around at the moment in no particular order. You can see a lot of translational/clinical things are on my mind. I’ve put possible answers, but these are highly speculative and/or based on hope in some cases. What’s next for ACT’s hESC-based clinical trials and Takahashi’s iPS cell-based clinical study for macular …Read More