stem cell ecosystem

Historic spring storm of FDA letters to stem cell clinic industry

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The FDA has stem cell clinics squarely on its radar screen now and it’s pulling the trigger with many letters going out to this problematic industry. In the past, sometimes years went by with no letters at all or one letter in total to stem cell clinics so this marks a major shift. Background on …

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Why did clinic supplier Liveyon halt sales while others have kept going despite FDA actions? Some insights including from John K

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Umbilical “stem cell” supplier Liveyon has suspended sales of its products according to the WaPo after a harsh FDA warning letter. While not fully shutting off the tap to the perinatal stem cell clinic universe, as other suppliers including in Utah seem to be continuing, this Liveyon voluntary hold will equal a major reduction in …

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Muddy waters: stem cell clinic calls itself CIRM & docuseries sparks controversy

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We’re seeing more muddy waters in the stem cell universe. A chiropractic stem cell and alternative medicine clinic has popped up calling itself, of all things, CIRM. On another front, an already controversial docuseries set to air tomorrow combines interviews with prominent academic stem cell scientists and unproven stem cell clinic folks, muddying the waters. …

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Dissecting Liveyon FDA inspection report & troubled perinatal stem cell industry

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The perinatal stem cell clinic supplier Liveyon has had many issues recently including an FDA inspection that¬† in my view didn’t go well and which I’ll return to in a minute. First, some background on the company and this troubled industry. E. coli and other pathogens ended up in some of the Liveyon product somehow …

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KING 5 TV pulls odd Swedish Medical regen med infomercial off YouTube

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Some unproven stem cell clinics just make things up, but when a big medical organization like Seattle’s largest nonprofit health firm, Swedish Medical Group, has a marketing segment on TV with what in my view are odd and inaccurate claims related to regenerative medicine, the negative impact could be far greater. The segment in question …

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Mapping & driving the stem cell ecosystem: key points of my new paper

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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 …

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