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RegenMed, stem cell and cell therapy industry in 2013

At the end of the year, I overview the most interesting and important events in stem cell/ RegenMed/ cell therapy industry. This year I’d like to focus on trends, rather than separate events.
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This is a very interesting post in "stemcellassays" blog about 2013 trends in the regenerative medicine and stem cell therapy fields.

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2013’s Big Advances in Science | The Scientist Magazine®

2013’s Big Advances in Science | The Scientist Magazine® | Stem Cells & Tissue Engineering | Scoop.it
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A great summary of 2013 scientific achievements, from the scientist magazine.

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Cells from the eye are inkjet printed for the first time

Cells from the eye are inkjet printed for the first time | Stem Cells & Tissue Engineering | Scoop.it
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Researchers have bioprinted retinal ganglion cells (RGC) and glia from the retina of rats using an inkjet printer.

The open-access paper is available here: http://iopscience.iop.org/1758-5090/6/1/015001/article


Learn about embryonic development of the eye: 

http://discovery.lifemapsc.com/in-vivo-development/eye



 

 

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Richard D. Hammer, M.D.'s curator insight, December 21, 2013 12:09 PM

3-D printing will eventually play  a role in transplanation.

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Ray Kurzweil: This is your future

Ray Kurzweil: This is your future | Stem Cells & Tissue Engineering | Scoop.it
By the early 2020s, we will have the means to program our biology away from disease and aging.
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Ray Kurzweil predicts the future of regenrative medicine.

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Poster : Molecular mechanisms of stem-cell identity and fate (2006)

Poster : Molecular mechanisms of stem-cell identity and fate (2006) | Stem Cells & Tissue Engineering | Scoop.it
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'Don't eat me' cancer drug work at Stanford wins $12.7 million CIRM grant - San Francisco Business Times

'Don't eat me' cancer drug work at Stanford wins $12.7 million CIRM grant - San Francisco Business Times | Stem Cells & Tissue Engineering | Scoop.it
A team led by Stanford University researcher Irv Weissman won a $12.7 million grant...
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Researchers, led by Prof. Irv Weismann have developed a novel antibody designed to block the so-called "don't eat me" signal from a protein called CD47. That protein, found on the surface of cancer stem cells, prevents the immune system's garbage collectors — white blood cells called macrophages — from devouring the cancer cells. 

Now, the researchers won a CIRM grant, that will allow them to conduct early-stage safety testing early next year in acute myelogenous leukemia patients or patients with several solid tumors. 

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Nobel winner declares boycott of top science journals

Nobel winner declares boycott of top science journals | Stem Cells & Tissue Engineering | Scoop.it
Randy Schekman says his lab will no longer send papers to Nature, Cell and Science as they distort scientific process
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The global landscape of stem cell clinical trials - Future Medicine

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This review  brings a comprehensive overview on 4749 worldwide stem cell-related clinical trials up to 2013.

http://www.futuremedicine.com/doi/full/10.2217/rme.13.80

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23andMe Steps Back | The Scientist Magazine®

23andMe Steps Back | The Scientist Magazine® | Stem Cells & Tissue Engineering | Scoop.it
The company announces that it will stop offering health interpretations of personal genetic data.
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Cell Stem Cell - Integrating Human Pluripotent Stem Cells into Drug Development - Cell Stem Cell

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This review, published on June in Cell Stem Cell journal, is now freely available, as part of the "Featured Five Reviews" of the Journal. It describes how researchers can use human pluripotent stem cells for drug discovery purposes.

http://www.cell.com/cell-stem-cell/fulltext/S1934-5909(13)00204-X

 

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Defining Key Design Criteria for Cardiac Tissue Engineering

Defining Key Design Criteria for Cardiac Tissue Engineering | Stem Cells & Tissue Engineering | Scoop.it
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Cardiomyocytes, differentiated from either human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) or induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), are used in cardiovascular research throughout the last decade. In addition to their regenerative capacities and promise for clinical application, these cells provide an unlimited source of...

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Carlos Garcia Pando's curator insight, December 5, 2013 3:18 AM

This is like the drawings and procedure. Sience is taking the engineering steps.

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Scientists make lung cells from human stem cells

Scientists make lung cells from human stem cells | Stem Cells & Tissue Engineering | Scoop.it
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Researchers from the  Columbia University Medical Center, published a new paper in Nature Bitechnology, describing a novel method for generation of functional lung cells from pluripotent stem cells. Their highly-efficient differentiation method resulted in the formation of clara, ciliated, type I and type II alveolar epithelial cells.

A link to the paper:

 http://www.nature.com/nbt/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nbt.2754.html

 

To learn about the embryonic development of the lung and realted stem cell protocols: 

http://discovery.lifemapsc.com/in-vivo-development/lung

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A fully defined and scalable 3D culture system for human pluripotent stem cell expansion and differentiation

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A new paper in PNAS describes a novel 3D culturing system for culturing and expansion of pluripotent stem cells. It is based on a unique hydrogel that allows  to control the exact composition of the growth environment, free of any human- or animal-derived factors, and entailing only recombinant protein factors.


To learn about stem cells, embryonic development, and regenerative medicine:

http://discovery.lifemapsc.com/

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365 days: Nature's 10

365 days: Nature's 10 | Stem Cells & Tissue Engineering | Scoop.it
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In this news article, Nature journal selects "ten people who mattered this year". Among them, Shoukhrat Mitalipov, who reported in May on the development of a stem cell line from a cloned human embryo.

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Induced pluripotent stem cells by Rudolf Jaenisch

Induced pluripotent stem cells by Rudolf Jaenisch | Stem Cells & Tissue Engineering | Scoop.it
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Prof. Rudolf Jaenisch on the discovery of iPS cells, their epigenetic state and their therapeutical potential.

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From pluripotent stem cells to kidneys in a dish

From pluripotent stem cells to kidneys in a dish | Stem Cells & Tissue Engineering | Scoop.it

http://discovery.lifemapsc.com/in-vivo-development/kidney

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Two new papers, published in Cell Stem Cell, and Nature Cell Biology magazines, describes protocols for generation of kidney structures from human pluripotent stem cells.

http://www.nature.com/ncb/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/ncb2894.html

http://www.cell.com/cell-stem-cell/abstract/S1934-5909(13)00501-8

 

To learn about the embryonic development, anatomical compartments, gene expression of the kidney and related stem cell differentiation protocols:

http://discovery.lifemapsc.com/in-vivo-development/kidney

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Parkinson’s stem cell project aims for 2014 approval

Parkinson’s stem cell project aims for 2014 approval | Stem Cells & Tissue Engineering | Scoop.it
For eight local Parkinson’s patients seeking stem cell therapy, 2014 could be a milestone.
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A new Parkinson’s stem cell project, aims to replace the damaged neuronal cells in the patient's brain with neurons that will be derived from he patient's own cells. This article, describes the time table and the funding issues behind this project

 
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UCLA stem cell researchers track early development of human articular cartilage

Stem cell researchers from UCLA's Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research have published the first study to identify the origin cells and track the early development of human articular cartilage, providing what...
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Researchers from UCLA found that  recapitulation of the human developmental chondrogenic program using pluripotent stem cells (PSCs) is a more efficient way to generate articular cartilage thenusin adult stem/progenitor cells. They published their findins in "Stem Cell Reports": http://www.cell.com/stem-cell-reports/abstract/S2213-6711(13)00124-0


To learn about the embryonic development of articular cartilage:

http://discovery.lifemapsc.com/in-vivo-development/cartilage


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Christopher Duntsch's curator insight, December 14, 2013 12:28 AM

Foundation building, a valid, solid, and smart approach to building a genomic, epigenetic / TF factor and gene target cohesive model, stem cell and progenitor and cell biology paradigm, cell proliferation, migration, maturation, differentiation biologic, and all the intracellular and extracellular machinery that take a chaotic mass of cells and polymers and matrix and the like, and pull it together into ever increasing layers of organization best known as tissue fabrication.


This occurs as a first step to a complex end. Biomechanical forces, ECM and Cell Cell contact, polymer matrix biology, morphogens, and neighboring cells and tissues, all are a player in this. From pre-tissue a tissue forms, but not fully mature, certainly not functional, until much more occurs  Tissue remodeling, and structure function development of the first product of the effort described above are both needed and strategically part of the biology. 


Recreating said modeling as above, for cartilage development, whether static, structural, dynamic, or functional, will be an equally difficult and equally important first step for stem cell biology and cell biology of cartilage development into first tissue then structure and function. A first step nonetheless, but a milestone that cannot be bypassed.  That being a developmental biology model, integration of stem cell biology, and extrapolating from cells and molecular machines, to a full understanding at all levels what transpired to create the tissue or organ in question with its architecture, function, and purpose.


This may sound a like a lot to do about nothing, but while this is a foundation for next gen therapeutics, the translation from in vivo foundational studies and knowledge derived therein, to a stem cell based tissue engineered regenerative product of real substance, safety, efficacy  practicality, etc, once done well, is the single biggest challenge the stem cell biologist and tissue engineering scientist face in every aspect of animal biology at every level, in healthy and disease, in young and in old.


And why might that be. The answer why does not need to be sought long to be given. It is a simple matter to observe that a true in vitro 3D complex functional stem cell based biologic device with matrix biology and tissue engineering integrated into the system, and at the same time the overlay of cell biology paradigms that serve to lead the way for all yet do not exist until understood,  architected, and implemented by the scientist.


Only for these UCLA researchers and others now and that follow, they do not have the advantage of God's infinite science, nor that of the uncountable mistakes that occurred as building blocks of randomness came together every 600th time they interacted, and over 4 billion years, eventually created unimaginable intelligent design.  Indeed, the challenge is taking what has been learned, and what is known as well, and combining that with technologies and biomaterials from the tissue of interest, from surrogate molecules and matrix biology (both living, synthetic  and inert), and combining all into a 3D structure static and dynamical properties, architecture that gives function by design, and as above, the overlay of a near invisible yet all powerful cell biology protocol set that is the driver of the machine.

 

Compared to the foundational and translational studies that are so complex, slow to develop, and slow to translate, I think we will see a rapid acceleration in scientific and medical breakthroughs as the milestones of the first two phases slowly are reached.  However, this is more likely if there efforts parallel the scientific methods and a team effort for all those academic and commercial, scientific and clinical.  If the intent and drive is there, and the research is done well, then the final key biologic is that of the in vitro transition phase. Meaning integrating the biology of the biotechnology created into the human condition for disease or other clinical purpose should be similar to the inherent self driven and all knowing developmental biology of the foundation.


The nobel prize medicine here is in two areas, the early discovery science of the foundation, and all aspects of in vitro translation to human application.  That is something most don't quite grasp in the current day.

 

Christopher Duntsch, MD, PhD

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International Stem Cell Networks: The Power of Contacts - Cell Stem Cell

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This article discuss the importance of networking between stem cell researchers.

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S193459091300502X

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CNIO: PRODUCING EMBRYONIC STEM CELLS IN LIVING ADULT ORGANISMS

A team from the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO) has become the first to make adult cells from a living organism retreat in their evolutionary ...
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A very nice movie, demonstrating the discovery of in-vivo stem cells reprogramming.

A link to the paper:http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=24025773

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Proto-Organelles for Synthetic Cells | The Scientist Magazine®

Proto-Organelles for Synthetic Cells | The Scientist Magazine® | Stem Cells & Tissue Engineering | Scoop.it
Researchers construct lipid-encapsulated compartments within synthetic cells.
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"Researchers construct lipid-encapsulated compartments within synthetic cells".

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New collaboration combines genomic sequencing and stem cell technology to understand disease

New collaboration combines genomic sequencing and stem cell technology to understand disease | Stem Cells & Tissue Engineering | Scoop.it
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A new collaboration between the Harvard Personal Genome Project (PGP), and researchers from the New York Stem Cell Foundation (NYSCF) Research Institute has been announced today. NYCSF researchers will derive induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) from samples of patients participating in PGP. These cell lines can then be examined and compared to data gathered by the PGP including whole genomes, medical histories, body microbiomes and hundreds of other traits from over 3,000 participants. 

 

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http://discovery.lifemapsc.com/

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Stem cell research faces budget crunch

Stem cell research faces budget crunch | Stem Cells & Tissue Engineering | Scoop.it
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Mahendra Rao, director of the National Institute of Regenerative Medicine delivered the news on Wednesday morning session of the World Stem Cell Summit.

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Researchers unlock a new means of growing intestinal stem cells

Researchers unlock a new means of growing intestinal stem cells | Stem Cells & Tissue Engineering | Scoop.it
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Researchers from the labs of prof. Robert Langer and prof. Jeffrey Karp, have developed a novel method for efficient propagation of intestinal Lgr5+ stem cells. Until now, researchers were able to culture these cells in-vitro only in a co-culture with supportive cells called Paneth cells. Now, it is possible to replace these supportive cells with two small mlecules CHIR99021 and Valproic Acid.

The paper was published online on Nature methods:

http://www.nature.com/nmeth/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nmeth.2737.html

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Isolation, characterization, and molecular regulation of muscle stem cells | Frontiers in Striated Muscle Physiology

Isolation, characterization, and molecular regulation of muscle stem cells | Frontiers in Striated Muscle Physiology | Stem Cells & Tissue Engineering | Scoop.it
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This open access review describes a method for direct  isolation of muscle stem cells also known as satellite cells. In addition, it details their characteristics and their unique gene expression profile.

 

To learn more about the embryonic development of skeletal muscles, and related stem cells differentiation protocols:

http://discovery.lifemapsc.com/in-vivo-development/skeletal-muscle

 

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