July 6, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

stem cell fake news

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When you get an FDA warning letter (like if you are a non-compliant stem cell clinic) you generally aren’t feeling too well after reading it, but now there’s an extra thing to worry about according to the FDA. A fake FDA warning letter. Apparently 3-dozen or more of these fake FDA warning letters sparked complains to the agency. Reporter Stephanie M. Lee over at BuzzFeed Science was on this too. First thought: maybe it’s kind of like those phone messages being left all over …Read More

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Can a stem cell clinic business get FDA RMAT designation? At least one announced it was trying, but now seems to have given up. Stem cell clinic business US Stem Cell, Inc. has reportedly announced that it is at least temporarily abandoning its efforts at getting Regenerative Medicine Advanced Therapy (RMAT) designation from the FDA. The company’s penny stock $USRM has been gyrating for months and I had earlier wondered if could be some fake news about it. The USRM news now seems real and not …Read More

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Is there a proliferating stem cell fake news problem in the biotech world? More broadly, the SEC is cracking down on the mess that is fake biotech news, but what about fake news on stem cell biotechs more specifically? Already in the past year I’ve seen examples of possible stem cell fake news. Hyped press releases (PR) that might arguably be in part fake news are nothing new and there has always been stock pumping, but another more recent phenomenon consists of more extensive series of …Read More

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I’m working on an investigative story on fake news in the stem cell and regenerative medicine arena. Is there a growing stem cell fake news problem in the biotech world? More broadly, the SEC is cracking down on the mess that is fake biotech news, but what about publicly-traded stem cell biotechs more specifically? Already in the past year I’ve seen examples of possible stem cell fake news. If you have any tips about specific instances of fake news in this area please contact me (knoepflerATucdavisDOTedu).