SVF

Stem cell clinics, FDA, & giant, unapproved for-profit human experiments

Stem-cell-facelift-comic-e1452454386279

When I started blogging in 2010 the stem cell arena was a very different place including the fact I could count the number of US stem cell clinics on one hand. This blog, called The Niche for many years, was just “Knoepfler Stem Cell Blog” back then. Also, back then the hot topic was the …

Stem cell clinics, FDA, & giant, unapproved for-profit human experiments Read More »

FDA Draft Guidance Views Fat Stem Cells As Drugs

FDA2

With a new document released today the FDA is more clearly on a path to regulate dubious stem cell clinics in the US. Update: in the years since this post, the FDA has more concretely defined autologous adipose stem cells as drug products. There are more than 100 such American clinics that are selling stem …

FDA Draft Guidance Views Fat Stem Cells As Drugs Read More »

Did NBC News Err On Key Part of Their Stem Cell Report?

Steven-Gitt-Nancy-Snyderman

NBC News did a big on-line story and even a NBC Nightly News Segment on dubious stem cell therapies on Friday. Normally a national news story on the problem of the mushrooming stem cell clinics selling unapproved “treatments” would be a positive development, but this otherwise very nicely done story might have a major error that could confuse millions …

Did NBC News Err On Key Part of Their Stem Cell Report? Read More »

New Interview with FDA on Key Stem Cell Regulatory Issues & Its Own Research

FDA3

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 …

New Interview with FDA on Key Stem Cell Regulatory Issues & Its Own Research Read More »

Claims of Stem Cell Cures by Clinic Chain, Stem MD

Stem.MD-FDA

One of the most concerning new trends in the stem cell arena is the explosive growth of chains of for-profit stem cell clinics in the US including Stem MD. This kind of franchising of stem cell for-profit operations deeply concerns me in terms of its potential risks to increasing numbers of patients and to the …

Claims of Stem Cell Cures by Clinic Chain, Stem MD Read More »

Law and Order SVF: what is stromal vascular fraction?

SVF2

A big, fat elephant in “the room” of the commercial stem cell field today is something called stromal vascular fraction or SVF, made from human fat tissue or adipose. If you care at all about stem cells or the stem cell field more generally, you had better educate yourself on SVF. You can learn a …

Law and Order SVF: what is stromal vascular fraction? Read More »

Cell Surgical Network Series Part 3: Opinion Piece on Key Concerns

Elliot-Lander-and-Mark-berman-300x2331

I recently interviewed Drs. Elliot Lander and Mark Berman of the Cell Surgical Network, an affiliated chain of clinics selling stem cell interventions for more than a dozen medical conditions. You can read Part 1 here and Part 2 here of the interview where we cover 10 important questions. Today is Part 3, where I explain why their answers …

Cell Surgical Network Series Part 3: Opinion Piece on Key Concerns Read More »

Cell Surgical Network Interview Part 2: SVF, FDA, & Homologous Use

Today I am posting Part 2 of my interview with Drs. Lander and Berman of the Cell Surgical Network. You can read Part 1 here, which is an interesting look inside the Network. The final portion of this blog post series, Part 3, is my take on their answers and you might not be surprised that …

Cell Surgical Network Interview Part 2: SVF, FDA, & Homologous Use Read More »

Elliot Lander & Mark Berman Interview Part 1: A Window into Cell Surgical Network

The Cell Surgical Network is a large and growing group of affiliated stem cell clinics across the US. The Network providers use stromal vascular fraction (SVF) interventions for a host of conditions on a for-profit basis. Drs. Elliot Lander and Mark Berman lead the Network. They agreed to do a Q&A interview with me. Below is Part 1, …

Elliot Lander & Mark Berman Interview Part 1: A Window into Cell Surgical Network Read More »

What would federal prison be like for a non-compliant stem cell doc?

About a year ago, I heard from multiple credible sources that there were ongoing federal probes into potential criminal activities related to bogus or dangerously noncompliant stem cell medical interventions, which could lead to prison time. Since then it has been relatively quiet….that is until the last couple months when again I am hearing from …

What would federal prison be like for a non-compliant stem cell doc? Read More »