Harvest Technologies Corp. completed enrollment in a clinical trial of its technique to use concentrated autologous bone marrow cells to treat patients with non-reconstructable critical limb ischemia.
Biocell Center Corp., the European biotech firm that pioneered a method of preserving amniotic stem cells, opened its U.S. headquarters in Medford, Mass.
Biocell CEO Kate Torchilin said the company can preserve a portion of the sample taken during amniocentesis on pregnant women, which contains stem cells that can be used to treat illness or regenerate tissue.
Harvest Technologies Corp. won approval from the Food & Drug Administration for a 42-patient trial of its technique to use concentrated autologous bone marrow cells to treat patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafts.
The FDA’s investigational device exemption allows the Plymouth, Mass.-based firm to study whether its BMAC system can help re-grow dead or damaged heart tissue. The two phase feasibility trial will see a one patient group injected with the concentrated stem cells after CABG surgery and a control group treated with CABG alone.
Blue dye helps repair spinal cord damage, turns rats into cute animals: Researchers at University of Rochester Medical Center injected mice with spinal cord injuries with a derivative of food coloring Blue Number One. The Brilliant Blue G dye, which helps control the activity of ATP by blocking its activation of P2X7 receptors, was shown to help repair the injured spinal cords — treated animals even started moving their previously paralyzed limbs.