Archive for February, 2016

Japan is innovating to improve access to regenerative medicine technologies

Author: Nicole Forgione, 02/29/16

Japan is making bold moves to redefine how cell therapies make it to market, and the world is taking notice. In late January, the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) collaborated with the Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine (CCRM) to host a seminar in Toronto. This meeting brought together Canadian and Japanese experts from government,…Read more

Right Turn: Sugary solution to scientific pickle

Author: Stacey Johnson, 02/26/16

Whether you call it cotton candy, candy floss or the original name for it “fairy floss,” I’m going to assume you’ve never called it “a tool for creating artificial blood vessels.” (Too long and not very appetizing.) Nevertheless, Dr. Leon Bellan, Vanderbilt University, is using it in exactly that way as a solution for making…Read more

Update from the Clinic: January

Author: Mark Curtis, 02/22/16

Welcome to your update from the clinic for the month of January. It was a quiet month in the clinic. However, we did see some clearances for various clinical studies, including Fate’s ProTmune in GvHD and Pluristem’s PLX-R18 in hematopoietic recovery following bone marrow transplant. Pluristem (PSTM) continues to increase the breadth of applications for…Read more

Right Turn: Counting stem cells for a restful sleep

Author: Stacey Johnson, 02/19/16

I had the pleasure of talking about my career to my daughter’s class when she was in grade 5. In an effort to keep the kids awake, I avoided a potentially sleep-inducing talk about corporate communications and instead focused most of my presentation on giving a simple explanation of stem cell biology and the work…Read more

Cell Therapy Deal Review: January

Author: Mark Curtis, 02/18/16

Welcome to your Cell Therapy Deal Review for the month of January. Things got off to a quick start with a number of cell-based immunotherapy companies announcing deals and research collaborations out of the gate, including a third acquisition by Juno. Juno Therapeutics (JUNO) brought further depth to its research & discovery platform through the…Read more

Series: Spotlight on Cell Therapy

Author: Nicole Forgione, 02/17/16

Cell therapy is not a new idea. Bone marrow transplantation—the first ever cell therapy—has been around since the 1950s. Over half a century of research has brought important advancements, yet this technology has struggled to make it to prime time. Understandably, there is scepticism about whether cell therapy will live up to the hype. Recently,…Read more

Right Turn: Moving from STEM to STEAM

Author: Stacey Johnson, 02/12/16

Are you a glass half full or half empty kind of person? If you’re the former, and you think more is better, being inclusive and diverse benefits humanity, and that children are our future, then this should be in your sweet spot (meaning “an optimum point or combination of factors or quality” as opposed to…Read more

Regenerating a broken heart

Author: Guest, 02/11/16

Samantha 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 in…Read more

The enabling technology of polymer design

Author: Hamideh Emrani, 02/10/16

Another in the series: “What drives research in the field of biomaterials?” “What makes Canada cool?” asks Dan Taekema of The Toronto Star, and among the handful of influential figures that he writes about is the “rock star” researcher, Professor Molly Shoichet. I was ecstatic to read this post right around the time I was…Read more

Right Turn: An estimated 22,465 people died from cancer yesterday

Author: Stacey Johnson, 02/05/16

According to the World Health Organization, there were 8.2 million cancer related deaths in 2012 so by my calculations, that’s over 22,000 each day. Cancer has been on my mind a lot this week, and not just because yesterday was #WorldCancerDay. On February 1st, the wife of a friend passed away from leukaemia. She had…Read more