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Regenerative Therapies: Helping Horses Self-Heal The Horse –

The art (and existing science) of regenerative medicine in equine practice, and whats to come

Regenerative therapy is an umbrellaterm encompassing any method that encourages the body to self- heal. Because it is drawing onits own properties, healing tissue more closely resembles native tissue than weak, disorganized scar tissue typically seen post-injury.

The goal is to allow restoration of normal function and structure of the injured tissue to allow horses to perform at their previous level, whatever that might be, with a reduced risk of reinjury, says Kyla Ortved, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, ACVSMR, assistant professor of large animal surgery at the University of Pennsylvanias New Bolton Center, in Kennett Square.

She says the three main components of regenerative medicine that help tissues self-heal include:

A specific therapy may incorporate some or all three of these components, says Ortved.

Due to the regenerative therapy industrys popularity and continued growth, many articles weve published review recent laboratory studies about stem cell production and data on efficacy andsafety (you can find them at Here, well review the basics of three regenerative modalities commonly used in equine medicine and when veterinarians and horse owners might consider each.

With this approach the practitioner collects blood from a horse and processes it using a commercial system that concentrates the platelets. When he or she injects that concentrated platelet product back into the horse, granules within the platelets release an array of growth factors that aim to facilitate and modulate the healing process. Specifically, granule-derived growth factors encourage target tissue cells at the injury site to migrate and proliferate, improve extracellular matrix synthesis, and stimulate blood vessel development.

Recently, leukocyte-reduced PRP hasbecome many equine veterinarians PRP product of choice. These preparations contain fewer white blood cells (leukocytes) and, reportedly, inflammatory mediators than normal PRP products do. These mediators break tissues down, effectively counteracting the anabolic (tissue-building) effects of the platelets and their granules.

Veterinarians can easily prepare ACS by collecting a blood sample from the patient, then incubating it with special commercially available glass beads to stimulate interleukin-1 receptor antago- nist protein (IRAP) production. Theythen inject the resultant IRAP-rich serumsample back into the patient at the target location or injury site. This protein blocks the action of interleukin-1, a powerful and damaging pro-inflammatory mediator. Additionally, glass bead incubation stimulates the production of anti-inflammatory mediators and growth factors similar to those found in PRP.

Ortved says its important to remember that all biologics, including PRP and IRAP, contain various concentrations of growth factors and bioactive protein.

Remember, they are made from your horses blood and, therefore, containall of the components in blood, just in varying concentrations, she says.

Regenerative therapies that contain highconcentrations of IRAP include IRAP II, autologous protein solution (APS), and bone marrow aspirate concentrate (BMAC).

In certain tissues, such as adipose (fat) and bone marrow, we can find specific cells that have the ability to self-renew and grow more than 200 types of body cells. Veterinarians can isolate these cells, called stem cells or progenitor cells, and either:

Perhaps more important than theirability to differentiate into other celltypes, stem cells have powerful anti-inflammatoryproperties and play acentral role in coordinating healing in alltypes of tissues through cell-to-cell signaling,Ortved says.

Which of these three modality typeswill provide the most benefit to yourhorse depends on a variety of factors thatyou and your veterinarian will consider.

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High Rate of Responses Seen With Ide-cel in Heavily Pretreated Myeloma – Targeted Oncology

Treatment with idecabtagene vicleucel (ide-cel; bb2121) led to responses in 73% of heavily pretreated patients with relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma, and complete responses (CRs) in 33%, according to topline findings from the pivotal phase 2 KarMMA trial.

Data shared during the 2020 ASCO Virtual Scientific Program demonstrated a median duration of response (DOR) of 10.7 months, and amedian progression-free survival (PFS) of 8.8 months (95% CI, 5.6-11.6).

Ide-cel demonstrated frequent, deep, and durable responses in heavily pretreated, highly relapsed/refractory patients with myeloma, said Nikhil C. Munshi, MD, director of Basic and Correlative Science, Jerome Lipper Multiple Myeloma Center, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School. Overall, ide-cel provides an attractive option for the treatment of patients with triple-class exposed relapsed/refractory myeloma.

In March 2020, Bristol Myers Squibb andbluebird bio, Inc., the codevelopers of ide-cel, submitted a Biologics License Application (BLA) to the FDA for the use of the BCMA-targeting chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy as a treatment for adult patients with multiple myeloma who have received at least 3 prior therapies, including an immunomodulatory agent, a proteasome inhibitor, and an anti-CD38 antibody.

However, earlier this month, the FDA issued aRefusal to File letter tothe companies regarding the BLA. In its initial review, the agency concluded that additional information was needed for the Chemistry, Manufacturing and Control module of the BLA. The FDA did not ask for any further clinical or nonclinical data according to the companies, which plan to resubmit the application by the end of July of this year.

The phase 2 KarMMA trial (NCT03361748) included 128 patients with relapsed/refractory multiple myeloma who received at least 3 prior therapies, including an immunomodulatory agent, a proteasome inhibitor, and an anti-CD38 antibody.

The median age was 61 months (range 33-78), 35% of patients had high-risk cytogenetics, 51% had high tumor burden, 39% had extramedullary disease, and 85% had 50% tumor BCMA expression. ECOG performance status was 0 (45%), 1 (53%), or 2 (2%). R-ISS disease stage was I (11%), 2 (70%), or III (16%). Patients had received a median of 6 (range, 3-16) prior antimyeloma regimens.

Ninety-four percent of patients had received 1 prior autologous stem cell transplant, and 34% had received more than 1. Eighty-eight percent of patients received bridging therapies during CAR T-cell manufacturing; however, only 4% of patients responded to the treatment. Regarding refractory status, 94% of patients were refractory to anti-CD38 antibodies and 84% were triple refractory.

Patients were treated at CAR+ T cell doses of 150 x 106 (n = 4), 300 x 106 (n = 70), or 450 x 106 (n = 54). The median follow-up was 18 months, 15.8 months, and 12.4 months, respectively. Across all patients, the median follow-up was 13.3 months. The primary end point was objective response rate (ORR), with secondary end points including CR, DOR, PFS, overall survival (OS), and quality of life.

Across all patients, the 73% ORR (95% CI, 65.8%-81.1%; P <.0001) included a 33% CR rate (95% CI, 24.7-40.9; P <.0001), a 20% very good partial response rate, and a 21% partial response rate. The overall CR rate comprised 26% of patients who achieved a CR/stringent CR (sCR) and were minimal residual disease (MRD)-negative, and 7% of patients who achieved a CR/sCR but who did not have MRD data. The median time to first response was 1 month (range, 0.5-8.8) and the median time to CR was 2.8 months (range, 1-11.8).

Durable responses were observed across all doses, said Munshi. At the dose of 450 x 106 CAR+ T cells, the ORR was 82% and the CR/sCR rate was 39%.

Clinically meaningful efficacy in terms of ORR was observed across subgroups, irrespective of age, risk categorization, tumor burden, BCMA expression level, extramedullary disease, triple-refractory status, penta-refractory status, and bridging therapy.

PFS increased as the target dose increased. At the 450 x 106 CAR+ T-cell dose, the median PFS was 12.1 months (95% CI, 8.8-12.3). The median PFS also increased by depth of response with a median of 20.2 months (95% CI, 12.3not evaluable) among patients who achieved a CR/sCR.

Munshi said the survival data are immature. At the time of the analysis, the median OS was 19.4 months (95% CI, 18.2not evaluable) and the 1-year OS rate was 78%.

Cytokine release syndrome (CRS) frequency increased with dose but was mostly low-grade, said Munshi. Overall, 84% of patients had 1 CRS event, with the majority (78%) being grade 1/2. There were 5 cases of grade 3 CRS, 1 case of grade 4, and 1 case of grade 5. The median time to onset of CRS was 1 day (range, 1-12), and the median duration of CRS was 5 days (range, 1-63). Fifty-two percent of patients received tocilizumab (Actemra) for CRS management, and 15% of patients received corticosteroids.

Neurotoxicity was mostly low grade and was similar across target doses, said Munshi. Overall, 18% of patients had 1 neurotoxicity event. There were 19 cases of grade 1/2 neurotoxicity and 4 cases of grade 3. There were no grade 4 or 5 incidents. The median time to onset of neurotoxicity was 2 days (range, 1-10), and the median duration was 3 days (range, 1-26). Two percent of patients received tocilizumab for neurotoxicity, and 8% of patients received corticosteroids.

The other significant adverse event, according to Munshi, was cytopenia91% of patients had any grade neutropenia (89% grade 3), and 63% (52% grade 3) had any grade thrombocytopenia. The median time to recovery of grade 3 neutropenia and thrombocytopenia was 2 months and 3 months, respectively, said Munshi.

There were 5 deaths within 8 weeks of ide-cel infusion2 following myeloma progression and 3 from AEs (CRS, aspergillus pneumonia, and GI hemorrhage). There was also 1 other AE-related death (CMV pneumonia) that occurred within 6 months, in the absence of myeloma progression.


Munshi NC, Anderson Jr LD, Jagannath S, et al. Idecabtagene vicleucel (ide-cel; bb2121), a BCMA-targeted CAR T-cell therapy, in patients with relapsed and refractory multiple myeloma (RRMM): Initial KarMMa results. Presented at: 2020 ASCO Virtual Scientific Program; May 29-31, 2020. Abstract 8503.

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ViaCyte Announces $27 Million Financing to Advance Next Generation Cell Therapies for Diabetes – PRNewswire

SAN DIEGO, May 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --ViaCyte, Inc., a privately held regenerative medicine company, today announced the close of an approximately $27 million private financing, part of the Series D preferred stock financing entered into in late 2018. Investors included, Bain Capital Life Sciences, TPG Capital, RA Capital Management, Sanderling Ventures, and several individual supporters of the Company. Proceeds from the financing will be used to further advance the Company's multi-product candidate approach to develop medicines that have the potential to transform the way insulin-requiring diabetes is managed, potentially providing a functional cure for patients with type 1 diabetes.

Coinciding with the financing, the Company also appointed Ian F. Smithas Executive Chairperson. Mr. Smith was appointed to the Company's Board of Directors in July 2019 and succeeds Fred Middleton, who remains on the board.

Commenting on the financing, Paul Laikind, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer and President of ViaCyte, said, "During these difficult times we are grateful for the continued support of our investors as well as our clinical trial participants, whose safety and health remains our focus and commitment. We are steadfast in our mission to deliver potentially life sustaining therapies for patients with insulin-requiring diabetes and to continue the significant progress we have made in the past year. ViaCyte is the first company to demonstrate production of C-peptide, a biomarker for insulin, in patients with type 1 diabetes receiving a stem cell-derived islet replacement. Moving forward, we are optimizing the effectiveness of both PEC-Direct and PEC-Encap, the latter of which incorporates novel device material technology created in collaboration with W.L. Gore & Associates. We are also making important progress on our PEC-QT program with our partner, CRISPR Therapeutics, and are now moving into pre-IND activities. This program is designed to eliminate the need for immuno-suppression and could have a transformative impact on a broader population of insulin-dependent patients."

Dr. Laikind continued, "In conjunction with the closure of the financing, we are also pleased to announce the appointment of Ian F. Smith as our Executive Chairperson, succeeding Fred Middleton. Since joining the board last July, Ian and I have worked closely to accelerate ViaCyte's growth and prepare for the future. We are extremely grateful to Fred for his many years of service as Chairperson of ViaCyte's Board of Directors. Throughout his time leading the Board, Fred provided expert guidance as ViaCyte has consistently broken new ground in the field of regenerative medicine and cell replacement therapies."

Mr. Middleton said, "I am proud to have chaired the Board as ViaCyte developed into a leading company in the regenerative medicine field.I am confident that Ian's unique expertise and executive leadership, specifically with innovative growth-oriented companies, and specifically in corporate strategy and operations, as well as capital markets will help ViaCyte progress its important work and firmly establish itself as a leader in the cell therapy sector."

About ViaCyte's Pipeline

The PEC-Direct product candidate, currently being evaluated in the clinic, delivers ViaCyte's PEC-01 cells (pancreatic islet progenitor cells) in a non-immunoprotective device and is being developed for type 1 diabetes patients who have hypoglycemia unawareness, extreme glycemic lability, and/or recurrent severe hypoglycemic episodes. The PEC-Encap (also known as VC-01) product candidate, also undergoing clinical evaluation, delivers the same pancreatic islet progenitor cells but in an immunoprotective device. PEC-Encap is being developed for all patients with type 1 diabetes. In collaboration with CRISPR Therapeutics, ViaCyte is developing immune-evasive stem cell lines from its proprietary CyT49 cell line. These immune-evasive stem cell lines, which are being used in the PEC-QT program, have the potential to further broaden the availability of cell therapy for all patients with insulin-requiring diabetes, type 1 and type 2. In addition, a pluripotent, immune evasive cell line has the potential to be used to produce any cell in the body, thus enabling many other potential indications.

About ViaCyte

ViaCyte is a privately held regenerative medicine company developing novel cell replacement therapies as potential long-term diabetes treatments to achieve glucose control targets and reduce the risk of hypoglycemia and diabetes-related complications. ViaCyte's product candidates are based on directed differentiation of pluripotent stem cells into PEC-01 pancreatic islet progenitor cells, which are then implanted in durable and retrievable cell delivery devices. Over a decade ago, ViaCyte scientists were the first to report on the production of pancreatic cells from a stem cell starting point and the first to demonstrate in an animal model of diabetes that, once implanted and matured, these cells secrete insulin and other pancreatic hormones in response to blood glucose levels and can be curative. More recently, ViaCyte demonstrated that when effectively engrafted, PEC-01 cells can mature into glucose-responsive insulin producing cells in patients with type 1 diabetes. To accelerate and expand its efforts, ViaCyte has established collaborative partnerships with leading companies including CRISPR Therapeutics and W.L. Gore & Associates. ViaCyte is headquartered in San Diego, California. The Company also has a robust intellectual property portfolio, which includes hundreds of issued patents and pending applications worldwide. ViaCyte is funded in part by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) and JDRF. For more information on ViaCyte, please visit http://www.viacyte.comand connect with ViaCyte on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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Study reveals factors influencing outcomes in kidney cancer treated with immunotherapy – Science Codex

BOSTON - By analyzing tumors from patients treated with immunotherapy for advanced kidney cancer in three clinical trials, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute scientists have identified several features of the tumors that influence their response to immune checkpoint inhibitor drugs.

The research was presented during the Clinical Science Symposium at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting and published simultaneously in Nature Medicine. The researchers say the study provides important clues about kidney cancer genetics and its interaction with the immune system that may prove to be vital in our ability to predict which patients are likely to benefit from immunotherapy drugs, which have been approved for first- and second-line treatment in the disease, but which don't work in all patients. The study showed that features that are typically linked to immunotherapy response or resistance in other types of cancer don't work the same way in advanced clear cell renal cell cancer (ccRCC).

"Kidney cancer breaks all those rules," said David Braun, MD, PhD, a Dana-Farber kidney cancer specialist and first author of the report. Co-senior authors are Toni Choueiri, MD, Catherine J. Wu, MD, Sachet A. Shukla, PhD, and Sabina Signoretti, MD all of Dana-Farber. Other authors are from the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Bristol Myers Squibb, and Brigham and Women's Hospital.

Clear cell renal cell cancer is the most common form of kidney cancer. There are about 74,000 new cases of kidney cancer in the United States each year, and about 15,000 deaths. Checkpoint inhibitor immunotherapy drugs such as pembrolizumab (Keytruda) and nivolumab (Opdivo) used in advanced kidney cancer work by blocking PD-1, a protein on immune T cells that normally keep these cells from attacking other cells in the body. By blocking PD-1, these drugs boost the immune response against kidney cancer cells.

PD-1 checkpoint inhibitors have brought a powerful new weapon to bear on advanced kidney cancer, which generally doesn't respond to standard chemotherapy. In cancers such as melanoma and lung cancer, checkpoint inhibitors - drugs like pembrolizumab (Keytruda) and nivolumab (Opdivo) - tend to be more effective against tumors with a "high mutational burden," that is, their DNA is riddled with many mutations. Advanced clear cell renal cell cancer, by contrast, has a moderate number of mutations yet is relatively responsive to checkpoint inhibitors - and scientists don't know why that is. Another puzzling difference is that in melanoma and some other cancers, tumors that are infiltrated with large numbers of immune CD8 T cells, creating what's termed an inflamed or "hot" environment within the tumor, respond better to PD-1 blockade. But the reverse is true in advanced kidney cancer - high infiltration by CD8 T cells is associated with a worse outcome.

In this study, the scientists analyzed 592 tumors collected from patients with advanced kidney cancer who were enrolled in clinical trials of PD-1 blocking drugs. They used whole-exome and RNA sequencing and other methods to uncover the genomic changes and other factors that were associated with how the patients' tumors responded to the drugs - specifically, the patients' progression-free survival and overall survival.

The study was aimed at determining what features of advanced kidney cancer cells were associated with their response or resistance to PD-1 inhibitors. In analyzing the tumors from advanced ccRCC patients treated with PD-1 inhibitors, the investigators looked for biomarkers - genetic changes, mutations, copy number alterations, and so forth - in the genomes of the kidney cancer cells that might be correlated with patient outcomes - such as progression-free survival and overall survival.

Braun said that some of the most interesting findings were characteristics of the kidney tumors that - unlike with other types of cancer - did not influence responsiveness to PD-1 inhibitor drugs. For example, tumors containing a large number of neoantigens - proteins made by cancer-related DNA mutations that may make the tumors more responsive to immunotherapy, but this proved not to be true of the kidney tumors. Also, even though the kidney tumors were heavily infiltrated by CD8 immune T cells - which causes other kinds of cancer to provoke a strong immune attack against the tumors - this actually led to no difference in outcome for these kidney cancer patients. "To our surprise, the immunologically 'hot' tumors did not respond any better than the 'cold' tumors," said Braun.

Another factor that affects responsiveness in some types of cancer - the specific HLA molecules inherited by individuals that present antigens to the immune system - didn't affect the immune response to advanced kidney tumors. "That surprised us," said Dr. Wu, chief of Division of Stem Cell Transplantation and Cellular Therapies. "We reasonably hypothesized that the potential of the patient's immune system to present and react to a greater diversity of antigens may be associated with better outcomes, but clearly kidney cancer does not fit the standard mold," noted Wu.

"However, we did uncover some factors that may explain the unexpected observations," said Dr. Shukla who leads the computational group at the Dana-Farber Translational Immunogenomics Laboratory. The study uncovered that advanced kidney tumors heavily infiltrated with CD8 T cells did not respond well to immune checkpoint blockers even though they were immunologically "hot" tumors. The scientists, with their comprehensive analysis of changes in the kidney tumors' genomes, found that the tumors were depleted of mutated PBRM1 genes - which are correlated with improved survival with PD-1 blockade therapy - and also had an abundance of deletions of a chromosomal segment known as 9p21.3, which is associated with worse outcomes with PD-1 blockade. "We believe that these two factors may explain why CD8 T cell infiltration of the tumors did not make them responsive to checkpoint blocker therapy," explained Shukla, "while other types of cancer that exhibited CD8 T cell infiltration but did not have those chromosomal changes did respond."

"Our work highlights the importance of integrating genomic data with immunopathologic data generated through painstaking review by expert pathologists," said Dr. Signoretti, professor of pathology at Harvard Medical School. "Our findings reveal that interactions between immune T cell infiltration and alterations in the tumor DNA (such as inactivation of the PBRM1 gene and the abundance of 9p21.3 deletions) can be important influences on tumors' response to PD-1 blockade - perhaps not only in kidney cancer but in other types of tumors as well."

"The current study provides critical insights into immunogenomic mechanisms contributing to response and resistance to immunotherapy in clear cell renal cell cancer," said Dr. Choueiri, director of the Lank Center for Genitourinary Oncology and the Jerome and Nancy Kohlberg Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. "The detailed clinical, genomic, transcriptomic, and immunopathology data produced by this study will serve as a valuable resource for the cancer immunology community. This work, therefore, will be important for ongoing research in precision medicine and immuno-oncology, helping to identify which patients are likely to respond to current therapies, and providing fundamental information to aid in development of rational combination therapies to overcome resistance in the future."

"One notable thing," said Choueiri, "is the collaboration between multiple disciplines and stakeholders: Immunology, pathology, genetics, computational and clinical expertise all converged on one tumor, while involving academic and industry stakeholders."

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Global, The US and Europe Regenerative Medicines Market Outlook 2019-2027 Share, Consequence of COVID-19 on Market, Demand, Top Companies, Trend,…

The global regenerative medicine market is estimated to grow on the back of rising healthcare expenditure with increasing demand for efficient disease treating practices coupled with growing technological developments and discoveries. The world bank reported a rise in global current health expenditure (% GDP) from 9.453% in 2011 to 10.023% in 2016.

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Additionally, global regenerative medicines market is estimated to grow at a robust rate on the back of increasing adoption of stem cell technology to address the rising prevalence of chronic diseases. Moreover, emerging applications of gene therapy in regenerative medicines for tackling infectious diseases such as, malaria, HIV, tuberculosis and influenza or to target angiogenesis during cardiac surgery is leading to subsequent expansion in usage base of regenerative medicines around the globe.

Increasing incidences of chronic oncogenic diseases such as cancer with an estimated new cases of 18.1 million in 2018 as per International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), is anticipated to display rapid growth in application of regenerative medicines in the upcoming years. Additionally, increasing application of regenerative medicines to treat auto-immune hepatitis, is expected to back the rampant growth in the upcoming years. Moreover, government initiatives to eliminate chronic diseases is anticipated to aid the growth in upcoming years.

For instance, World Health Organization (WHO) launched an initiative to eliminate hepatitis completely by 2030. Furthermore, Regenerative medicines comprising blood stem cell implants can be used to restore healthy bone marrow in patients with leukemia. Besides, experiments in the gene therapy segment to explore benefits for various other medical applications, is expected to propel considerable growth in the regenerative medicines market in the upcoming years.

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Application of regenerative medicines in tissue-engineering cartilages, modifying chondrocytes, and other tissue engineering technologies for treating traumatic and degenerative joint diseases is estimated to drive the market growth in the upcoming years. Additionally, increasing use of regenerative medicines in hepatocyte transplants for chronic liver disease treatments and liver failure conditions is propelling an exponential growth in the global market.

Moreover, increasing use of poly-hemoglobin blood substitute produced through regenerative medicines to treat conditions of blood contamination or blood shortages is further propelling growth in the utilization of regenerative medicines in the hospitals, blood banks and research institutes.

Tissue engineering is a field majorly focused on development of tissue and organ substitutes by controlling biological, biophysical and/or Biomechanical parameters in the laboratory. Of late, tissue engineering has gained popularity on the back of its utilization to bioengineer implantable devices, reconstitutedecellularized organs, and manufacture organs using3D bio-printing.

Additionally, rising geriatric population across the globe holds immense opportunities for regenerative medicines in the upcoming years. According to World Bank, population aged 65 and above increased from 7.64% in 2010 to 8.926% of the overall population in 2018. Moreover, change in climatic conditions and increase in sedentary lifestyles has led to drastic demographic changes in developed and developing countries, resulting in growing number of disease cases associated with aging. This aspect is attributed to contribute considerably to the regenerative medicines market growth across the globe

Changing environmental conditions with increasing penetration of ultraviolet rays to the earths surface due to global warming consequently impacting the human health by causing oncologic and dermatology based diseases is attributed to create an upsurge in demand for regenerative medicines during the forthcoming years.

Additionally, increasing exposure of the present population to X-rays and gamma rays due to high nuclear energy involving practices is increasing incidences of cancer, subsequently propelling the regenerative medicines market across North America.

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A sharp reduction in the size of secondary care institutions across Europe in the past decade has resulted in the streamlining of healthcare delivery and stimulated more efficient and integrated model of care that is anticipated to lead to complete conquer of the hospital-centric pattern of care over the forthcoming years. These change in patterns of healthcare are attributed to influence the regenerative medicines market positively across Europe

Increasing prevalence of diabetes retinopathy with rising cases of diabetes mellitus across Asia has resulted in rise in adoption of regenerative medicines for cornea regeneration and other ophthalmic applications driving the market subsequently in the continent over the past. Besides, new application discoveries in the field of regenerative medicines through extensive research and development activities across the countries of India, Japan and China are anticipated to boost the market positively during the forecast period

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Vegan diet, intense cardio and stem cell therapy How Mike Tyson managed to get ripped at 53 as boxing c –

Mike Tyson has attributed his incredible body transformation to stem cell therapy and a rigid vegan diet.

The youngest world heavyweight champion in history ballooned to more than 300lbs in weight at his heaviest almost a decade ago.

However, after drastically changing his diet and implementing revolutionary reparative medication, Iron Mike is looking more streamlined and more devastating than ever.

Tyson is reportedly considering making a return to the squared circle at the age of 53, with an announcement on his opponent expected this week.

Whilst training with UFC legends Vitor Belfort and Henry Cejudo, the former undisputed heavyweight champion displayed a significantly more shredded physique.

Prior to officially announcing his desire to return, Tyson was asked by rapper LL Cool J how he would get fighting fit in just six to eight weeks.

He told Rock the Bells Radio show on SiriusXM: Really I would just change my diet and just do cardio work. Cardio has to start, you have to have your endurance to go and do the process of training.

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So something to do is get in cardio, I would try and get two hours of cardio a day, make sure you get that stuff in. Youre gonna make sure youre eating the right food.

For me its almost like slave food. Doing what you hate to do but doing it like its nothing. Getting up when you dont want to get up. Thats what it is. Its becoming a slave to life.

People think a slave to life is just enjoying drugs and living your life. Being a slave to life means being the best person you can be, being the best you can possibly be, and when you are at the best you can possibly be is when you no longer exist and nobody talks about you. Thats when youre at your best.

Tyson continued: My mind wouldnt belong to me. My mind would belong to somebody that disliked me enough to break my soul, and I would give them my mind for that period of time.

Six weeks of this and Id be in the best shape Ive ever dreamed of being in. As a matter of fact, Im going through that process right now. And you know what else I did, I did stem-cell research.

Stem-cell research (also known as regenerative medicine) promotes the repair response of diseased, dysfunctional or injured tissue using stem cells or their derivatives.

It is the latest advancement in organ transplantation and uses cells instead of donor organs, which are limited in supply.

After LL Cool J asked if that meant Tysons white blood cells had been spun and then put back in, Tyson continued: Yes. As they took the blood it was red and when it came back it was almost transfluid [sic], I could almost see through the blood, and then they injected it in me. And Ive been weird ever since, Ive got to get balanced now.

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The necessity to repair the former heavyweight champion was caused by the excessive weight gain following his retirement in 2005 and his hedonistic lifestyle.

Excessive cocaine abuse left the heavyweight in a serious state of bother and led him to adopt a vegan lifestyle.

He told Totally Vegan Buzz: I was so congested from all the drugs and bad cocaine, I could hardly breathe. Tyson also revealed in the interview, I had high blood pressure, was almost dying, and had arthritis.

During aninterviewwith Oprah Winfrey in 2013, Tysoncredits his plant-based diet for saving his life.

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He said: Well, my life is different today because I have stability in my life. Im not on drugs.

Im not out on the streets or in clubs and everything in my life that I do now is structured around the development of my life and my family. I lost weight.

I dropped over 100lbs and I just felt like changing my life, doing something different and I became a vegan.

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Hair regeneration using stem cells to treat baldness – BioNews

26 May 2020

Stem cells derived from fat can lead to hair regrowth for people with a common type of baldness, according to a new study.

The South Korean researchersconducted a clinical trial into androgenetic alopecia (AGA), the most common cause of hair loss. The trial showed that the use of extracts of fat tissue termed adipose-derived stem cell constituent extract (ADSC-CE) increasedboth hair thickness and density in patients.

'Recent studies have shown that ADSCs promote hair growth in both men and women with alopecia. However, no randomised, placebo-controlled trial in humans has explored the effects and safety of ADSC-CE in AGA. We aimed to assess the efficacy and tolerability of ADSC-CE in middle-aged patients with AGA in our study, hypothesising that it is an effective and safe treatment agent,' said corresponding author Dr Sang Lee from Pusan National University Yangsan Hospital.

To make their solution, the team disrupted the membrane of stem cells found in fat tissues using a low-frequency ultrasound wave and enriched the secreted stem cell with protein. They recruited 38 patients 29 men and nine women with AGA for the clinical trial. One half applied the ADSC-CE lotion to their scalp with their fingers, and the other applied a placebo solution.

A dot was tattooed on the participants'scalps in order to compare the same spot over time. After 16 weeks, the group that used the ADSC-CE lotion presented a significant increase in hair density with 28.1 percent in comparison to 7.1 percent in the control group, and also hair thickness with 14.2 percent in comparison to 6.3 percent in the control group.

The results from this clinical trial, published in the journal Stem Cells Translational Medicine, presented no side-effects, and provide an alternative to current hair therapeutic strategies that have been associated with loss of libido and erectile disfunction.

Further research is required to understand the molecular mechanisms by which ADSC-CE can affect hair growth in humans. 'The next step should be to conduct similar studies with large and diverse populations in order to confirm the beneficial effects of ADSC-CE on hair growth and elucidate the mechanisms responsible for the action of ADSC-CE in humans,' said Dr Lee.

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Human Embryonic Stem Cell Market Analysis with Key Players, Applications, Trends and Forecast to 2027 – Jewish Life News

The Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic is impacting society and the overall economy across the world. The impact of this pandemic is growing day by day as well as affecting the supply chain. The COVID-19 crisis is creating uncertainty in the stock market, massive slowing of supply chain, falling business confidence, and increasing panic among the customer segments. The overall effect of the pandemic is impacting the production process of several industries including Life Science, and many more. Trade barriers are further restraining the demand- supply outlook.

The human embryonic stem cells are obtained from the undifferentiated inner mass cell of the human embryo and human fetal tissue. The human embryonic stem cell can replicate indefinitely and produce non-regenerative tissue such as myocardial and neural cells. This potential of human embryonic stem cell allows them to provide an unlimited amount of tissue for transplantation therapies to treat a wide range of degenerative diseases. Hence, human embryonic stem cells are used in the treatment of various diseases such as Alzheimers disease, cancer, blood and genetic disorders related to the immune system and others.

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The global human embryonic stem cell market is expected to grow in upcoming years, factors driving the growth of market are rise in incidences of neurological disorders, increase in investment by government and other organization for research activities, awareness among people about stem cell therapeutic potency for disease treatment. On the other hand emerging stem cell banking services is expected to offer lucrative opportunities in growth of human embryonic stem cell market.

Key Players Influencing the Market:

1. BD

2. Takara Bio Inc.

3. Geron

4. Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.

5. ViaCyte, Inc.

6. R&D Systems, Inc.


8. CellGenix GmbH

9. Vitrolife

10. Lonza

Market Segmentation :

The global human embryonic stem cell market is segmented on the basis of product type, application and end user. Based on product type, the market is segmented as totipotent stem cell, pluripotent stem cell and unipotent stem cell. On the basis of application, the global human embryonic stem cell market is segmented into regenerative medicine, stem cell biology research, tissue engineering and toxicology testing. Based on end users, the market is segmented as therapeutics companies, cell & tissue banks, tools & reagents companies and others.

The report provides a detailed overview of the industry including both qualitative and quantitative information. It provides overview and forecast of the global human embryonic stem cell market based on various segments. It also provides market size and forecast estimates from year 2017 to 2027 with respect to five major regions, namely; North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific (APAC), Middle East and Africa (MEA) and South & Central America. The human embryonic stem cell market by each region is later sub-segmented by respective countries and segments. The report covers analysis and forecast of 18 countries globally along with current trend and opportunities prevailing in the region.

The report analyzes factors affecting human embryonic stem cell market from both demand and supply side and further evaluates market dynamics effecting the market during the forecast period i.e., drivers, restraints, opportunities and future trend. The report also provides exhaustive PEST analysis for all five regions namely; North America, Europe, APAC, MEA and South & Central America after evaluating political, economic, social and technological factors effecting the human embryonic stem cell market in these regions.

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Biobanks Market – Rising need for replacement organs and the steady advancement in the replacement drive growth of market – BioSpace

Biobanks are essentially repositories for storing biological substances derived from humans, which may include organs, bio-specimens, plasma, saliva, and blood. With a vast rise in the number of organ replacement surgeries globally and significant advancements made in the fields of transfusion and replacement technologies, the role of the biobanks market has become more concrete in the healthcare sector in recent years.

The global biobanks market has witnessed expansion at a significant pace in the recent years owing to the vast rise in prevalence of a number of chronic diseases and the increased demand for personal medicine. The massive rise in incidence rate of conditions such as diabetes, cancer, neurovascular diseases, cardiovascular diseases, and respiratory diseases has compelled government bodies to take stronger actions in terms of investments in biobanks and increasing awareness about them. The global market for biobanks works in coherence with these efforts by adding pace to the process of drug discovery and the treatment of chronic diseases that are caused by activities such as smoking, consumption of alcohol, obesity, and unhealthy lifestyles.

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Heavy investment by a proactive government has boosted the North America biobanks market to the leading position in the global biobanks market, followed closely by Europe. Both regions are home to several bioscience companies and host a large number of drug discovery and research activities. Asia Pacific still remains the region with the most promising growth potential as the region shown high promise owing to an increase in investments from both government and non-government organizations, along with a large and increasingly affluent population base that is gaining awareness about the market.

Global Biobanks Market: Overview

The global biobanks market owes its conception to the rising need for replacement organs and the steady advancement in the replacement and transfusion technologies regarding a number of bodily substances. Though the technology and need to store organs and other bio-entities had been available for a long time, the global biobanks market took on a more important role in the healthcare sector following the increasing research in genomics. In the new millennium, the development of the personalized medicine field has been the vital driver for the global biobanks market. The likely advancement of the latter, thanks to helpful government regulations, is likely to make the crucial difference for the global biobanks market in the near future.

The steady technological advancement in the healthcare sector in the last few decades has now led to a scenario where the full potential of biobanks can be harnessed. As a result, the global biobanks market is projected to exhibit steady growth over the coming years.

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Global Biobanks Market: Key Trends

The rising interest in personalized medicine is the prime driver for the global biobanks market. Personalized medicine has only become a viable branch of modern medicine after steady research in genomics and the way various patients react to various medicines. The biobanks market has thus come into the spotlight thanks to their role as a steady supplier of human biomaterials for research as well as direct application. The increasing research in genomics following the findings of the Human Genome Project is thus likely to remain a key driver for the global biobanks market in the coming years.

The utilization of biobanks in stem cell research has been hampered in several regions by ethical concerns regarding the origin of stem cells. Nevertheless, the potential of stem cells in the healthcare sector is immense, and is likely to have a decisive impact on the trajectory of the global biobanks market in the coming years. Many countries have, in recent years, adopted a supportive stance towards stem cell research, aiding the growth of the biobanks market. Continued government support is thus likely to remain vital for the global biobanks market in the coming years.

Global Biobanks Market: Market Potential

The leading role of the U.S. in the global biobanks market is unlikely to change in the coming years. The easy availability of government-supported healthcare infrastructure and the presence of several industry giants in the region has driven the biobanks market in the U.S.

Northwell Health, the largest healthcare provider in New York State, earlier in 2017 initiated a new biobank aimed at creating precision therapies against various types of cancer. Launched in collaboration with Indivumed, the biobank will provide catalogued biomaterials for research into lung, colorectal, breast, and pancreatic cancer. This would enable targeted, gene-specific studies of a variety of cancer samples, leading to a more comprehensive understanding of cancer. Such well-funded collaboration efforts are crucial for the developing biobanks market.

Global Biobanks Market: Geographical Dynamics

Led by the fertile healthcare research scenario in the U.S., North America is likely to retain a dominant share in the global biobanks market in the coming years. Steady support from institutes such as the NIH is likely to be vital for the North America biobanks market.

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Emerging Asia Pacific economies such as India and China could emerge with a significant share in the global biobanks market in the coming years. The healthcare sector in both countries has received steady public or private funding in the last few years. India is also a global leader in medical tourism and is likely to receive an increasing number of patients in the coming years, leading to promising prospects for the global biobanks market in the region.

Global Biobanks Market: Competitive Dynamics

Due to the dynamic nature of the global biobanks market, with advancements in diagnostic fields often determining the direction of the market, the market is heavily fragmented. It is likely to retain a significant degree of fragmentation in the coming years thanks to the diversity in the application segments of the biobanks market. The leading players in the global biobanks market include BioCision, Tecan Group, VWR, Beckman Coulter Inc., and Thermo Fisher Scientific.

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Novel Therapies Needed: Poor Prognosis of Patients With TP53-Mutated Myeloid Malignancies – Cancer Therapy Advisor

Poorprognosis and limited efficacy of intensive chemotherapy approaches forpatients with TP53-mutated myeloidmalignancies were confirmed in study results published in Leukemia &Lymphoma.

Jan Philipp Bewersdorf, MD, of the department of internal medicine, section of hematology at the Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut, and colleagues conducted the single-center retrospective cohort study from September 1, 2015, to May 31, 2019 (follow-up ended on July 4, 2019). The aims of the study were to describe the clinical, cytogenetic, and molecular characteristics of patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) with TP53 mutations and to analyze patient responses and outcomes with different treatment modalities.

Ofthe 83 participants in the study, the majority were Caucasian (88%); 51.8% werewomen and the median age was 69 years. Most patients had complex karyotypes(90%), and nearly 40% of patients developed therapy-related malignancies.

Frontline treatment included intensive chemotherapy (24.1%), low-intensity treatment (42.2%), best supportive care or hydroxyurea only (22.9%), targeted therapy (3.6%), or other treatments (8.4%).

Themedian follow up was 6.4 months. The median overall survival (OS) and 1-year OSrate were 7.6 months and 22.6%, respectively. Among patients with AML, the medianOS was 6.7 months and 1-year OS rate was 16%. Among patients with MDS, themedian OS was 10 months and the 1-year OS rate was 31.1%.

Forpatients with AML, intensive chemotherapy did not improve median OS compared withlow-intensity treatment (8.8 months vs 9.4 months, respectively; hazard ratio[HR], 0.63). The 1-year OS rates for intensive chemotherapy and low-intensitytherapy were 25.0% and 14.3%, respectively (P =.46); complete response rates were 45.0% and 14.3%, respectively.

Amongparticipents with MDS, no patients received induction chemotherapy as frontlinetreatment. For the 19 patients with MDS who received hypomethylating agent-basedtherapies, the median OS was 12.1 months. For patients who received hydroxyureaor best supportive care only, the median OS was 0.8 months.

Notably,the 11 patients who underwent allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant (alloHSCT)had a significantly longer median OS than those who did not (HR, 0.08; P =.002).Therefore, the authors suggested the alloHSCT should be considered for eligiblepatients with TP53-mutated myeloidneoplasms.

Limitationsof the study included the retrospective design, small sample size, and shortfollow-up durations.

Inconclusion, our data confirm the limited efficacy of intensive chemotherapyapproaches for TP53-mutated patientswith myeloid neoplasms and suggest that a minority of patients achievelong-term survival with alloHSCT, wrote the authors.


Bewersdorf JP, Shallis RM, Gowda L, et al. Clinical outcomes and characteristics of patients with TP53-mutated acute myeloid leukemia or myelodysplastic syndromes: a single center experience [published online May 2, 2020]. Leuk Lymphoma. doi: 10.1080/10428194.2020.1759051

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