Stromal Vascular Fraction

In landmark step, judge does not defer to FDA in stem cell clinic chain case, orders full trial

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In what could be a serious legal warning sign for the stem cell field, California federal district court Judge Jesus Bernal denied the government’s motion for summary judgement against Cell Surgical Network, et al. related to their marketing of an unproven fat stem cell product via their chain of clinics. The FDA is seeking a …

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What is stromal vascular fraction or SVF?

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When people discuss “fat stem cells” they usually mean something called “stromal vascular fraction” or SVF. While references to fat or adipose stem cells can sometimes mean non-SVF materials, these days adipose SVF gets the most attention. But, does anyone have a clear picture of this biologic? Fortunately, it’s starting to come more into focus …

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Reactions to historic stem cell clinic court loss, new court order, & what happens next?

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It’s been a big week already for the stem cell field due to the court ruling against US Stem Cell Inc. and that the FDA can define stromal vascular fraction (SVF) as a drug (see my old rough sketch of how SVF is sometimes manufactured; my impression is that the company does this slightly differently). …

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Groundbreaking defeat for US Stem Cell, fat stem cell clinic industry in federal court

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In a precedent-setting decision, a federal court has ruled for the FDA against a key stem cell clinic firm called U.S. Stem Cell, Inc. The court granted summary judgment for the FDA in its suit seeking a permanent injunction against the Florida stem cell clinic firm. While the company is likely going to appeal, this is …

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My take as a biologist on US Stem Cell “natural” claim in federal court case endgame

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It’s been less than a year since the FDA sued for a permanent injunction against a major stem cell clinic firm in Florida, but there has been much back and forth in court filings in the lawsuit between them and the firm, US Stem Cell. Now the case is with the judge. My prediction remains …

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Sizing Up Sizzling FDA Warning Letter to Fat Stem Cell Clinic Stemgenex

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Do the hundreds of unproven fat stem cell clinics in the U.S. like Stemgenex have a tenable future without working with the FDA? It seems less certain now in 2018 than it did in 2017, and that’s a good thing in my view. Stemgenex received an FDA warning letter yesterday that included a list of many …

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10 questions on FDA suits targeting stem cell clinics

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The FDA via the DOJ has sued to get permanent injunctions against US Stem Cell, Inc. (USRM) and California Stem Cell Treatment Center/Cell Surgical Network (CSN). Both firms use an unapproved fat stem cell product in patients called stromal vascular fraction (the SVF production process is pictured at right) that the FDA indicates is generally …

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Take-homes from new FDA NEJM stem cell piece including surprises

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FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb and CBER Director, Peter Marks, have just published a new piece on stem cells and regenerative medicine in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). What are the core points here and what can we learn from reading between the lines a bit? There are some expected things and then some …

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Fat stem cells are drugs & more: FDA final guidances point to a new era

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Are fat stem cells a drug? Today the FDA definitively indicated “yes” without leaving much of any room for exceptions on this question. This morning the FDA made a major announcement on stem cell policy regarding its current thinking on oversight of regenerative medicine and issued four guidances, including two each in final and in …

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