Stem Cell Research

This topic is part of a series of health-related topics with a focus on anti-aging. Most of the source material comes from a weekly eletter from the economist Patrick Cox who has an investment advisory service for the biotechnology field with Mauldin Economics.

General Discussion

The following are links to articles by Patrick Cox that discuss stem cells in a general sense:

Spinal Cord Regeneration

A historic breakthrough has occurred in pluripotent stem cell medicine. Applied to a quadriplegic patient with complete injury to the spinal cord, substantially recovery has occurred. The company responsible for this is BioTime (BTX), the majority owner of subsidiary Asterias (AST) that holds the intellectual property (sources: BioTime Makes History with Announcement of First Stem Cell Spinal Cord Therapy Results, Historic Spinal Cord Stem Cell Treatment Is a Game Changer for Biotech, The Medical and Investment Ramifications of SCI Stem Cell Trial).

Eye Disease

BioTime subsidiary CellCure NeuroSciences is developing retinal pigmented epithelial (RPE) stem cells for the treatment of eye disease with the support of the Israeli government. CellCure has been given permission to start the second patient cohort in a human trial of RPEs for age-related macular degeneration, for which there is currently no cure. I believe that spinal cord injury is actually a more difficult target than blindness, so I’m extremely optimistic that CellCure’s therapies will work for various diseases of the eye. (BioTime Makes History with Announcement of First Stem Cell Spinal Cord Therapy Results, The Medical and Investment Ramifications of SCI Stem Cell Trial).

Here is an update (20170320) of a failed trial of fat-derived adult stem cells used to treat macular degeneration (MD), versus pleuripotent embryonic stem cells: Don’t Conflate Stem Cell Medicine with the Failed Florida Experiment. The difference is explained.

Induced Tissue Regeneration (iTR)

iTR offers the potential to regenerate any part of the body that has been damaged: Activating Embryonic Genes for Better Hair and Health.

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