Category Archives: stem cells

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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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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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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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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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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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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