Stem Cell Therapy is extremely promising in terms of being able, in the future, to cure failed organs. Stem cells can help us to understand and treat different diseases, injuries and health related problems.
Presently, the most common use of stem cell therapy is the transplantation of blood stem cells to treat diseases and conditions of the blood and immune system, or to rejuvenate the blood system following treatments of certain cancers. Currently, more than 26,000 patients are treated with blood stem cells in Europe every year.
Also, the skin. Skin stem cells have been successfully used to grow skin grafts for patients that have suffered from severe bodily burns. At the moment, the burns would need to be life-threatening before the option of stem cell therapy is used. There is still a way to go with this and scientists are continuing their research into skin stem cells since the new skin currently has no hair follicles and cannot sweat.
Furthermore, the recent conditional approval in Europe of Holoclar, means that stem cells can be used to repair damage to the surface of the eye after an injury such as a chemical burn.
Other applications of stem cells to treat different parts of the body are continuing to be explored and it can take years for them to be thoroughly investigated, approved and ready for market, following all the necessary clinical trials.
Ajan Reginald, Executive Director of Cell Therapy Ltd and Nobel Prize Winner Professor Sir Martin Evans are dedicated to using stem cells to develop life-saving and life-altering regenerative medicines. Whereas most stem cell companies follow a philosophy of having one cell that can treat all diseases, Ajan Reginald and Professor Sir Martin Evans have discovered disease-specific and tissue specific progenitor cells and have invented targeted regenerative medicines from these cells.
So far, two such medicines have both passed stage II of clinical trials; Heartcel, to repair broken hearts and Tendoncel, to regenerate injured tendons near the surface of the skin.
Stem cells are the body’s master cells. Unlike other cells, stem cells can turn into almost any other cell in the body. If these new medicines prove to work, they could revolutionise the way we treat disease and could save and transform the lives of billions of people around the world.