Monthly Archives: January 2008

The Regenerative Medicine Job Search: The Interview

by Susan Hsiong, PhD You’ve been submitting resumes like nobody’s business. And contacted everyone you know asking if they know of any job opportunities. You’ve attended all the local networking events and career fairs. After what seems like forever, you … Continue reading

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Tengion Pioneers Autologous Tissue Engineered Regenerative Medicine Products

You have to hand it to Tengion, they are trying to tackle one of the largest challenges I can think of: producing tissue engineered organs and tissues from a patients own cells in unrelated indications (bladder, blood vessel, and kidney). … Continue reading

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The Job Search: Large vs. Small Companies – pros and cons

Here is another take on working in a big company from ScienceMag (http://sciencecareers.sciencemag.org/career_development/tools_resources/forum/view?id=3845) Continue reading

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Pervasis Advances Tissue Engineered Products for Vascular Health

Pervasis Therapeutics announced that they have raised $9.75M to further develop their allogenic tissue engineered endothelial cell (EC) product for vascular health indications. Their Vascugel product is comprised of ECs grown in 3D collagen sponges that are implanted externally on … Continue reading

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Mimetic Solutions Pioneers New Smart Biomaterials for Controlled Release

When we have a cold or a headache, we pop a pill. We get sick, we go to the doctor and get a shot. Taking medication orally via a pill or getting drugs injected via a syringe are some of … Continue reading

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Osiris Scores $225M DoD Contract for Acute Radiation Syndrome Treatment with Prochymal Adult Stem Cell Product

Osiris Therapeutics announced that they won a DoD contract worth up to $224.7 million for developing their adult mesenchymal stem cell (MSC)-based therapeutic for treating acute radiation exposure. The contract allows for reimbursement of up to $24.7 million for continued … Continue reading

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China and the Regenerative Medicine Industry

Just a quick note on a topic that keeps catching my attention: China. Three interesting things have come up in the last month: Organogenesis signs a distribution deal with China’s National Tissue Engineering Center, with the potential to expand into … Continue reading

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Consolidation Trends Within the Blossoming RegenMed Service Sector

The WuXi acquisition of Apptec (posted last week) is continuing the trend of consolidation in the cell manufacturing sector. It is similar to Lonza’s (a Swiss company) purchase of Cambrex’s biologics division in 2006, and GE’s purchase of Wave Biotech … Continue reading

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Biomimetics Therapeutics Expands into New Markets with Innovative GEM OS Combination Device

by Susan Hsiong, PhD Biomimetics Therapeutics, Inc. (Franklin, TN), a company which develops drug-device combination products for orthopedic applications, recently announced positive results from its Canadian clinical study evaluating its GEM OS®1 Bone Graft for the open surgical treatment of … Continue reading

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Chinese CRO WuXi Pharmatech Acquires Apptec Laboratory Services

WuXi (pronounced Woo-See) Pharmatech, a contract research organization (CRO) based in China, announced the acquisition of MN-based Apptec Laboratory Services. WuXi acquired Apptec to gain an immediate US footprint, better access to the US market, and important biologics expertise to … Continue reading

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Celgene Strengthens Adult Stem Cell Patent Estate

I have recently signed up for the StemCellPatents.com weekly newsletter, and it is great to keep updated on all the patents that get issued in regenerative medicine. In the most recent newletter, they reported on two patents that issued last … Continue reading

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New Year’s Resolutions for the Regenerative Medicine Industry

With the New Year upon us, I thought it would be good to make a set of New Year’s Resolutions for the regenerative medicine industry. This set of resolutions is not company specific, but things that will be required to … Continue reading

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