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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.

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

Posted in Biomaterials, Bioprocessing, cell delivery, Clinical Trials, combination products, Company Profiles, Manufacturing, Pervasis, Regenerative Medicine, tissue engineered product, vascular regeneration | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

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

Posted in Apptec, BD, Bioprocessing, Invitrogen, JNJ, Lonza, Manufacturing, Progenitor Cell Therapy, Regenerative Medicine, Stem Cells Inc, WuXi Pharmatech | 1 Comment

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

Posted in Apptec, BD, Bioprocessing, business models, Company Profiles, Invitrogen, JNJ, Lonza, Manufacturing, Regenerative Medicine, WuXi Pharmatech | 1 Comment

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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