Archive for December, 2014

Right Turn: Bone grafts, made-to-order

Author: Peter Raaymakers, 12/26/14

In a TED video from earlier in the year, Nina Tandon and Sarindr Ick Bhumiratana of EpiBone talked about their incredible technique to use biomaterials and stem cells to generate customized bone material for implant. In Tandon’s words, “If you need a piece of human bone, you can use your own cells to grow your own.” EpiBone’s…Read more

Update from the Clinic: November

Author: Mark Curtis, 12/23/14

. Welcome to your Update from the Clinic for the month of November. NeoStem announced initial positive data from its Phase 2 study in acute myocardial infarction. Neuralstem’s human neural stem cells are shown to have long-term viability following transplant, while Fibrocell is given clearance for an investigational new drug (IND) application to develop a…Read more

Right Turn: A not-so definitive RM holiday book list

Author: Stacey Johnson, 12/19/14

. Ah, the holidays. Fodder for journalists and bloggers alike. Last year, I brought you two themed blogs: an idea for a unique Christmas present – by the way, it’s on sale if you order now – and a list of movies and TV shows “about” regenerative medicine (RM) to watch when you have downtime….Read more

An “orchard” of cell production systems

Author: James Smith, 12/18/14

. With contributions from David Brindley Manufacturing may not be the first thing that springs to mind when regenerative medicine is mentioned. Most will think of the enormous potential for cell therapies or transplantation or editing of faulty genes. However, having attended the fifth annual Informa Life Sciences Cell Therapy Manufacturing conference, it is clear…Read more

Making sure amazing things happen

Author: Guest, 12/15/14

Joe Sornberger is Director of Communications Programs for the Canadian Stem Cell Foundation and author of the book “Dreams & Due Diligence: Till and McCulloch’s Stem Cell Discovery and Legacy.”   Amazing things can happen in 10 years. Consider the world, circa 2004. The United States had yet to elect an African American president, Steve…Read more

Right Turn: Video primer on stem cells better than a “Ruff” cut

Author: Stacey Johnson, 12/12/14

. The Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health (IHDCYH), part of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, is holding its IHDCYH Talks competition to feature research that falls within its mandate of improving knowledge translation and demonstrating the value of reproductive, child and youth health research in Canada. For this competition, participants were…Read more

The value of a cure

Author: James Smith, 12/11/14

. With contributions from David Brindley. We recently discussed the role that consortia could play in accelerating the timeline of discovering and implementing new treatments, covering the ‘partnering’ aspect of the ‘Partnering for Cures’ conference held in New York City that was referenced. It, therefore, seems appropriate to devote some time to the ‘other half:’…Read more

Surprising applications of economic thinking to scientific collaboration

Author: James Smith, 12/09/14

. With contributions from David Brindley. Suppose you are a talented fisherman and an outstanding shoe-maker. You have abandoned your dreams of a career in the regenerative medicine industry because, in one day, you can catch 100 fish or make one complete pair of shoes. That’s a very satisfying outcome for a day’s work. Your…Read more

Inside a cancer stem cell researcher’s toolbox: CSC markers & flow cytometry

Author: Sara M. Nolte, 12/08/14

> In my previous toolbox articles (sphere formation and xenotransplantation), I’ve talked about assays that are pretty useful in determining the existence of cancer stem cell (CSC) populations based on function. What these assays cannot do is provide us with a way to identify the specific cells. Well, guess what? There’s a tool for that…Read more

Right Turn: Stem cells for conservation

Author: Peter Raaymakers, 12/05/14

According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List, nearly 12,000 animal species are threatened with extinction today. There are many reasons for the precarious state of these species, and nearly as many plans to attempt restoration of their populations, but Japanese scientists are looking at one rarely considered option: Stem cells. Dr….Read more