After much hope and controversy, for the first time stem cells have proven to have the ability to cure blindness.
The news comes from a study on age-related macular degeneration (AMD) of the retina, the most common cause of blindness in individuals over the age of 50.
The Sunday Times reports that the treatment was developed by a group of British researchers, who say that in the next six to seven years the treatment will become a routine operation, which will not last more than an hour.
The treatment involves the replacement of a layer of degenerated cells with new cells created
Adipose Stem Cell Heart Attack Trial Data Published in Journal of the American College of Cardiology; Cytori’s APOLLO Trial Demonstrated Safety & Feasibility and Improvements in Cardiac Function
Cytori Therapeutics announced today the publication of previously reported six-month outcomes from APOLLO, the Company’s European clinical trial evaluating adipose-derived stem and regenerative cells (ADRCs) in patients with acute myocardial infarction (heart attack or AMI), as Research Correspondence in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. The APOLLO trial was a 14-patient, prospective, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, feasibility trial (Phase I/IIA) evaluating autologous ADRCs extracted with the Company’s proprietary Celution® System for
Pfizer said Sunday that it was buying the rights to a somewhat controversial cell therapy from Athersys, a biotechnology company — a sign of big pharmaceutical companies’ growing interest in stem cells (…)
The relatively small payment reflects that “it’s really early for cell therapy and there’s more research to be done,” said Ruth McKernan, chief scientific officer of Pfizer Regenerative Medicine, a unit created by the company about 18 months ago to develop treatments based on stem cells (…)