June 1, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

stem cell biotech

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Every year I look into my stem cell crystal ball and make predictions for our field including regenerative medicine. Well, I don’t really look into a crystal ball, but I try to use a combination of what I’m hearing through the grapevine, stuff I’m reading, some info that is not yet in the public domain, and common sense to make predictions. Today’s post has my 20 predictions for next year, 2018. You can see my 2017 predictions and my grading of how I did here. …Read More

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Australian stem cell biotech Mesoblast announced that it has received regenerative medicine advanced therapy (RMAT) designation from the U.S. FDA. This is very good news for the company and an encouraging development for the field. Interestingly, last month the FDA clarified that there is expanded RMAT designation that can include gene therapies too. At the Meeting on the Mesa in October, an FDA official reportedly presented data indicating that about 1/3 applications for RMATs were granted (see image below from Twitter). This recently announced RMAT …Read More

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How is the stem cell and regenerative medicine biotech sector doing these days and does recent news about specific biotechs such as Capricor suggest issues for the sector more broadly? Capricor had bad news earlier this year related to its stem cells for heart disease program and things just took a turn for the worse this week as pharma giant J&J severed ties with the small California company (here and here). Capricor, which has received more than $17 million in CIRM grant funding, could …Read More

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I’m putting together a list of stem cell and regenerative medicine biotech companies for a blog post, including both public and private. I’ve got a good list already, but want it to be fairly comprehensive. I’m also curious what readers think are the most promising ones and why. So weigh in with comments please or email me. Ideally, you would indicate if you have an investment in these stocks for the publicly-traded ones. Don’t restrict yourself only to stocks traded on US markets necessarily …Read More

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Adult stem cell biotech Mesoblast ($MESO) is in the unusual situation currently of having its stock on hold. This is a relatively rare event and usually portends some kind of major news. The hold is expected to run from June 1 to June 10. Mesoblast will announce ““material corporate developments with respect to certain assets of the company”. This could involve good or bad news related to one of several partnerships or some other development. In late 2015 Mesoblast had upbeat news of a …Read More

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Each year towards the end of December I make predictions for the coming year as I did for 2015. In the past I usually make a top 10 prediction list, but for this year I made 20 predictions. Admittedly some of them may have been more hopes than predictions. At mid-year today on June 30th, how am I doing? See below. Note that of course for some the jury is still out. BTW, stay tuned for more on an upcoming update on the Japan …Read More