Stem cell research is continually contributing to the advancements in biomedical science. Several studies show how stem cell therapy can give doctors a better treatment option for many different diseases, helping millions of Americans with a variety of health conditions.
The goal is to harness stem cells to treat more and more diseases and conditions. Funding restrictions, public debates, and the controversy over the use of embryonic stem cells have all hindered research on stem cell therapies.
(Systemic Laboratories only processes stem cells from the patient’s own body for use in their own therapy, never from embryos or outside donors.)
Despite these limitations, the study of stem cells is evolving and expanding every year, as seen in the increasing number of new scientific studies on a wide range of stem cell uses.
Stem Cell Therapy and FDA Review
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given the go-ahead to many clinical trials on stem cell–based treatments. It’s estimated that the results of about 100 different stem cell therapy studies are currently being reviewed by the FDA for potential use in treatments of many different health conditions.
These clinical trials on cell-based treatments focus on the potential benefits to a large number of patients with conditions such as skin diseases, eye diseases, disorders of muscles, bones, and joints, and many others.
Stem Cell Research Advances
Among the most important recent advances in the field of cell-based therapy is the use of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) for treatment. These are adult stem cells that have been reprogrammed to resemble and act like the stem cells from an embryonic stem cell.
Embryonic stem cells are taken from embryos within the first five days after conception (again, Systemic Laboratories does not process these), whereas adult stem cells are found throughout the human body – albeit in small quantities in most areas. Areas of the body that offer larger amounts of stem cells include adipose (fatty) tissue.
Embryonic stem cells are highly versatile, having the ability to grow quickly and transform into many different types of cells; iPSCs avoid the use of actual embryonic cells but have similar characteristics. The process to create them is relatively simple using standard laboratory techniques.
Stem Cell Treatment and the Future
Stem cell–based therapies continue to show great promise for the future of medicine. They may eventually be at the center of therapeutic treatments for many diseases that affect millions of people around the world.
Among the potential future uses of cell-based therapies is the restoration of function after spinal cord injuries, the screening of new drugs targeting specific diseases, and the development of bioengineered bones and cartilage that can aid in the treatment of joint disorders.
Stem Cell Lab in New York
At Systemic Laboratories, we are an FDA-registered and -monitored lab, adhering to all FDA regulations on stem cell preparation and storage. That means we do not alter tissue or use enzymes, we only concentrate existing cells – and we conduct our work in the safest and most ethical manner possible.
In providing stem cell treatments for your patients, the first step is regulating and standardizing the harvesting, processing, and storage of stem cells. You should seek a premier FDA-registered laboratory to process your patients’ stem cells and tissue.
If you would like to learn more about how our lab can help your medical practice or clinic, please call us today at (718) 268-6060 to schedule a complimentary consultation. You can also fill out our easy-to-use online information request form. We look forward to hearing from you.