Archive for December, 2015

Cell Therapy Deal Review: November

Author: Mark Curtis, 12/30/15

Welcome to your Cell Therapy Deal Review for the month of November. Astellas failed to achieve the majority share it needed to push through a takeover of Ocata Therapeutics valued at $379 million. ImmunoCellular Therapeutics announced a research agreement with MD Anderson Cancer Center to advance a Stem-to-T-Cell Program. Servier exercised its option for exclusive,…Read more

ISCT webinar: Reimbursement re-cap

Author: Mark Curtis, 12/28/15

For those of you that missed ISCT’s recent webinar on manufacturing, needle-to-needle logistics and reimbursement, below is a brief re-cap of the key points on the reimbursement section that I provided. The presentation, including audio, should be available free on the ISCT website shortly. Thanks again to ISCT for hosting and Invetech, a member of…Read more

Right Turn Special Report: Competition rife in Canada

Author: Stacey Johnson, 12/25/15

This may come as a shock to many of you, but the land of lakes, trees, socialism and universal healthcare has a dark underbelly: the competitive nature of its academics. If you look to the regenerative medicine community, everything looks hunky-dory and, on the surface, very collaborative; after all, the Stem Cell Network is behind…Read more

Rudolph, red noses and regeneration

Author: Guest, 12/21/15

Samantha Payne is a PhD student in the Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry department at the University of Toronto. She has previously investigated regeneration in a non-mammalian gecko model during an MSc program, and now currently combines stem cell biology and biomaterials to encapsulate and deliver therapeutic cells to the stroke-injured brain. Samantha became interested…Read more

Right Turn: The official Signals Gift Giving Guide

Author: Guest, 12/18/15

Emily Easto, communications specialist for the Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine (CCRM), is making her Signals debut here. If you like her list, we can probably coax her into making it a yearly offering. While publishing a gift guide so late in the year may seem like we’re cutting it awfully close, we thought…Read more

Visionary treatments using epithelial stem cells presented at TMM2015

Author: Guest, 12/17/15

This is a guest post by Nadia Houri, a Business Development Analyst with the Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine (CCRM). In October 2015, I attended the Till & McCulloch Meetings (TMM) in Toronto, of which my employer, CCRM, was a co-organizer. Dr. Michele De Luca (Centre for Regenerative Medicine, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia) gave…Read more

Right Turn: Stem cell books for kids

Author: Stacey Johnson, 12/11/15

I have yet to meet a parent who doesn’t think reading to/with their kids is crucial. I’m going to assume that if you’re a scientist, instilling a love of science to your children, through books, is a priority. With winter holidays just around the corner, kids will have lots of time for reading. Whether you’re…Read more

Update from the Clinic: November

Author: Mark Curtis, 12/10/15

Welcome to your Update from the Clinic for the month of November. There were a number of mid-stage clinical trials launched by cell-based immunotherapy companies this past month, furthering a robust global pipeline of CAR/TCR products. We also saw some efficacy data from StemCells, which reported positive interim results from its Phase 2 spinal cord…Read more

Right Turn: Making science sexy again

Author: Stacey Johnson, 12/04/15

Justin Trudeau, Canada’s “hot” new prime minister, is getting Canadian scientists all worked up – in a good way. For the first time in nearly ten years, the scientific community has a passionate champion in Ottawa ready to undress – sorry unmuzzle – federal scientists and “bring scientific considerations into all aspects of their decision…Read more

Canada: Science is in our blood

Author: Nicole Forgione, 12/01/15

November was a big month for science in Canada. Our new prime minister, Justin Trudeau, sent a clear message that science will be a priority for his administration by naming Dr. Kirsty Duncan Minister of Science, and Navdeep Bains Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development. Following closely on these exciting political developments, a landmark…Read more