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About jrowley

This blog is about the technology behind Regenerative Medicine - including, but not limited to, stem cells therapies, biomaterial-based devices, as well as tissue engineered products. My name is Jon Rowley. I have been in the Regenerative Medicine field since 1994 (undergraduate research), and have my PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Michigan in Biomedical Engineering. I am currently an employee of Aastrom Biosciences, an adult autologous cell therapy company. You can see my professional creds at: http://www.linkedin.com/myprofile?trk=tab_pro Important Note: Absolutely everything posted in this blog is my personal opinion and is in no way the opinion of my employer, Aastrom Biosciences, or approved by anyone before it is posted. No warranties or other guarantees will be offered as to the quality of the opinions or anything else offered here.

Takin’ a short blog break

Currently, I am in the middle of moving my family to Frederick, Maryland. I am starting a new position at Lonza, and it may take a couple weeks to figure out how the blog fits with the new position/company. Please … Continue reading

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Q Therapeutics’ and Invitrogen’s Symbiotic Relationship

Q Therapeutics, a cell therapy company focusing on neural applications, recently announced a $15M series B financing that included funding from multiple venture capital (VC) groups as well as biotech tools provider Invitrogen. Q’s lead product, Q-Cells™, is an allogeneic … Continue reading

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The Developing Embyronic Stem Cell Clinical Landscape

ES cell biopsy from blastocyst. Continue reading

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Geron Bolsters Extensive Embryonic Stem Cell Patent Estate

Geron yesterday announced the issuance of US patent #7,326,572, helping to extend their patent protection around their embryonic stem (ES) cell platform technology in the area of treating type 1 diabetes. Currently, Geron owns an exclusive license from the Wisconsin … Continue reading

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Career Strategy Tip: Read Job Posts, Even if You are Not Graduating for 2-3 Years

I always found it extremely useful to read and monitor job posts, even well before I had any reason to send out my resume. Reading about various jobs give you an understanding of 1) what jobs are out there that … Continue reading

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Cytori Announces Progress in Cardiac Regeneration Clinical Studies

Cytori Therapeutics announced that they have enrolled their first two patients in an acute myocardial infarction clinical trial using adipose-derived cells prepared using their Celution™ device. The Celution™ device is an automated, tissue processing unit that isolates cells from adipose … 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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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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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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FDA Proactively Addresses Embryonic Stem Cell Safety Testing

The FDA has scheduled an April 10, 2008 meeting to “discuss scientific considerations for safety testing for cellular therapy products derived from human embryonic stem cells.” This meeting will be followed by another meeting on April 11 that will “discuss … Continue reading

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Top Ten Events in the Regenerative Medicine Industry in 2007

Top Ten Events in the Regenerative Medicine Industry in 2007 (according to Jon Rowley, and in no particular order): Embyronic stem cells were primed for human trials. Both Advanced Cell Technology and Geron are gearing up for INDs in early … Continue reading

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Athersys’ Adult Stem Cell Product IND Approved for Acute MI Phase I Trial

Athersys and their cardiac parter, Angiotech, announced today that they got the ok from the FDA to begin a Phase I clinical study using Athersys’ Multistem adult stem cell product in acute myocardial infarction (MI). This is the second IND … Continue reading

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BioTime Births Embryome Sciences

There have been some interesting news releases this week, including Osiris’ fast track designation, Cytori obtaining a 510k for their fat cleaner (not their stem cell isolation device, just a clinical fat cleaner), and the angiogenesis and liver regeneration capabilities … Continue reading

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Organogenesis Expands into China

Organogenesis, one of the pioneering tissue engineering companies, is partnering with China’s National Tissue Engineering Center (NTEC) to bring Organogenesis’ regenerative therapies to the Chinese marketplace. NTEC is a Shanghai-based private company that is funded by the Chinese government, and … Continue reading

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Jobs in Regenerative Medicine: Part I

One of the aspects of my science career that I really enjoy is the career coaching that I provide, and receive. I actually spend a lot of time telling students that are graduating, whether it is at the Bachelors, Masters, … Continue reading

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Biomaterials as Therapies

The regenerative medicine industry is banking on cellular therapy to help regenerate tissues and restore function in clinical indications with high unmet needs. The mechanism of action, or how stem cells actually drive tissue regeneration, is still hotly debated – … Continue reading

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Patent Reform Act of 2007 – Impact on Regenerative Medicine

The author of CELLWISE, one of the newer bio-Blogs out there, asked a question related to the Patent Reform Act of 2007 in a comment on the Pfizer post. He asked: The article that is cited is right; our patent … Continue reading

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Progenitor Cell Therapy, LLC: Acquisition Target

I have been playing with the idea of a post related to the area of therapeutic cell bioprocessing, and today one of the leaders in the field became an acquisition target. Progenitor Cell Therapy (PCT) provides process development and manufacturing … Continue reading

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Pfizer Launches Independent BioInnovation Center

Pfizer Global Research and Development (PGRD) has been going through some major restructuring, and in an effort to spur innovation has opened an independent research center in the Bay Area. This “biotherapeutics and bioinnovation center” will be headed up by … Continue reading

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Osiris Releases 1 Year Data from Chrondrogen Trial

Osiris Therapeutics last week announced positive data that came out of their Phase I/II double blinded Chondrogen trial. They demonstrated statistically significant improvements in joint pain in patients with osteoarthritis, however this seems to be an about face compared to … Continue reading

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Human-Animal Hybrids Prohibition Act Introduced in Congress

Senators Sam Brownback (R-Kan) and Mary Landrieu (D-La) introduced the Human-Animal Hybrid Prohibition Act to Congress last week that would make outlaws of scientists that create part human, part animal beings. According to a white paper published by Friends of … Continue reading

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CellCyte Issued Patent for Enhancing Cell Delivery to Cardiac Tissue

CellCyte Genetics Corporation recently announced that US Patent No 7,282,222 was issued, a patent which they have exclusive rights to. The press release states that the patent covers unique methods and compositions “to deliver and direct stem cells to target … Continue reading

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Embryonic Stem Cells without Embryos: big scientific impact, but doesn’t change industry direction

I do not want to undermine the importance of the great work that was done in generating pluripotent stem cells from adult skin cells, but the only thing I think about when hearing this news is TIME and MONEY. I … Continue reading

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Athersys’ adult allogeneic stem cell IND gets OK from FDA

On November 15, 2007, Athersys announced in a press release that they had received a letter from the FDA giving the green light to start a Phase I safety study of MultiStem, their adult, allogeneic stem cell product. Athersys will … Continue reading

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Geron publishes data suggesting that Embyonic Stem Cells may not need long term immunosuppression

An interesting study was published this week in the Journal of Neuroimmunology spurring a press release from Geron that stated “GERON’S HUMAN EMBRYONIC STEM (ES) CELL-BASED THERAPEUTIC FOR SPINAL CORD INJURY EVADES DIRECT ATTACK BY THE HUMAN IMMUNE SYSTEM”. The … Continue reading

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Inaugural Post @ The Regeneration Station

I am not sure if you noticed, but the stem cell stocks haven’t been performing all that great in 2007, especially compared to technology companies like Apple or Google. So now seems as good a time as any to start … Continue reading

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