Stem Cells


Stem cells are cells found in all multi-cellular organisms. They are characterized by the ability to renew themselves through mitotic cell division and differentiate into a diverse range of specialized cell types. Due to these unique properties, stem cells are considered to be of special interest in the field of cell therapy. We believe stem cells will accelerate drug discovery and tissue regeneration, particularly when replacements for lost or damaged cells are required. In fact, every tissue and organ in the body is likely to contain stem cells that participate in intrinsic regeneration and repair during growth, trauma and disease.

Stem cell transplants can be either autologous or allogeneic. An autologous stem cell transplant is one in which the patient receives stem cells from his own body. One advantage of this stem cell treatment procedure is that the body recognizes the cells and therefore does not reject or attack them. An allogeneic stem cell transplant is a procedure in which a patient receives stem cells from a donor. The donor used in an allogeneic stem cell transplant can be the patient's identical twin, sibling, family member or an unrelated donor. Allogeneic transplants are preferred in certain cases, such as in the treatment of leukemia. The company covers both uses and supports family medicine and insurance.

Although adult stem cells hold large potential as therapeutic agents (cord blood), there remain many limitations to their use. One of the basic limitations is their scarce availability in adults. The advances in the procurement and use of stem cells have led to a need for storage repositories, or stem cell banks, for storing such cells. Known adult stem cell banks can be classified into two categories, private banks and public banks. Private banks collect and store autologous adult stem cells and provide part of the donated stem cells back to the donor if needed. Public banks provide typed, anonymous transplant units to the general public based on genetic matching between a donor and a recipient in need.

Stem Cell Medicine is focused on the clinical stages of product development and seeks partnerships with companies that are in the process of developing and bringing to market products based on stem cells, as well as products that consist of stem cells, delivery systems, pharmaceuticals, and combinations of the above.