Akron Biotech is part of the Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute (ARMI) consortium to develop next-generation manufacturing processes and technologies for cells, tissues and organs. The ARMI will receive nearly $300 million in public-private investment from leading manufacturers, universities, nonprofit organizations and the federal government to develop scalable manufacturing processes for engineered tissues and organs.
Kimera Labs, a specialty contract research organization (CRO), has announced the launch of a 6,000 sq ft, ISO:9001 certified exosome production facility in Miramar, Florida. As an FDA registered tissue facility, Kimera Labs Miramar will produce tissue specific mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) derived exosomes, as well as its Amnio2x amniotic fluid derived products. Amnio2x can be used for orthopedic, cosmetic and regenerative medicine applications.
Exosomes are small vesicles ranging from 30-100nm in size that are found in nearly all eukaryotic fluids and facilitate a range of important cellular functions. They transfer DNA, RNA, and proteins to other cells, thereby altering the function of the targeted cells. Exosomes are commonly found in blood, urine, saliva, synovial fluid, amniotic fluid, semen, and many other fluids. [Read more…]
Recently, the LA Times released an article highlighting the mounting evidence that stem cell treatments will be some of the highest priced treatments within the medical marketplace. Titled “Sky-high price of new stem cell therapies is a growing concern,” the author Michael Hiltzik explores the often exorbitant costs associated with stem cell procedures.
In a powerful statement that summarizes the author’s position, he writes, “The evidence is already mounting that stem cell and other advanced biologic treatments will be among the most expensive therapies in the medical arsenal.”
As examples of expensive cell therapy procedures, Hiltzik cites that Prochymal, a mesenchymal stem cell treatment approved in Canada, can costs as much as $200K, while Provenge, a cell-based vaccine for prostate cancer, can cost nearly $100K to extend a patient’s life by a few months. [Read more…]
Australian stem cell company Cynata Therapeutics released news today than interim analysis clearly demonstrates efficacy of Cynata’s unique Cymerus™ mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) product, CYP-001, in a preclinical model of Graft-versus-Host disease (GvHD). This disease often follows a bone marrow transplant procedure and occurs when the immune cells in the donor material (the graft) attack the recipient’s tissues (the host) as “foreign”. Bone marrow transplants are used in the treatment of certain cancers, including leukaemia. [Read more…]
Cynata Announces First Clinical Study Utilizing MSCs Manufactured by Cymerus™ Platform
Cynata Therapeutics, a stem cell and regenerative medicine company listed on the Australian stock exchange (ASX: CYP), released major news today by announcing that mesenchymal stem cells produced using its Cymerus™ manufacturing platform will be utilized in a Phase 1 clinical study involving patients with steroid-refractory GvHD.