Concise review outlines key concepts behind using a patient’s own regenerative cells for point-of-care treatment of orthopedic indications and the advantages of this approach compared with other methods.
Houston, TX, USA, January 24, 2022 – InGeneron, Inc., a clinical stage biotechnology company, announced the publication of a succinct scientific review of regenerative cell therapy, commonly called “stem cell therapy”, to treat orthopedic indications. This newly released paper, titled “Perspective: Why and how to use the body’s own stem cells for regeneration in musculoskeletal disorders: a primer“, was published in the Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research (J Orthop Surg Res 17, 36 (2022): https://doi.org/10.1186/s13018-022-02918-8). The publication provides an approachable overview of stem cell biology and clarifies common misconceptions about adipose-derived regenerative cells (ADRCs) including vascular-associated pluripotent stem cells (vaPS cells). The authors emphasize the ability of therapies using ADRCs to readily fit into modern orthopedic treatment concepts and reference InGeneron’s proprietary cell therapy platform, currently under evaluation in ongoing FDA-approved trials.
Summarizing 20 years of both basic and clinical research, the review aims to provide a straightforward look at the current state of orthopedic regenerative cell therapies and clarifies the role of different regenerative cells, such as vaPS cells, in tissue regeneration. The publication highlights the advantages of InGeneron’s therapeutic approach utilizing ADRCs to develop point-of-care therapies compared to other types of “stem cell therapy”, including techniques requiring cells to be cultured in a lab. Dr. Eckhard Alt, Director of Stem Cell Research at Tulane University (New Orleans, LA, USA), Executive Chairman of InGeneron and co-author of the paper explains: “Using unmodified, uncultured, autologous cells allows for true point-of-care treatment, which can be performed within a short time on the same day in an outpatient facility. Culturing and modifying cells before treatment increases the complexity and cost for patients and physicians and also increases the possibility for contamination of the cells and other health concerns, such as autoimmune rejection, that are not an issue when using ADRCs.”
Pointing out another advantage of InGeneron’s therapeutic approach, Dr. Christoph Schmitz, Head of the Department of Anatomy II at Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich (Munich, Germany), Advisory Medical Director of InGeneron and co-author of the paper adds, “We realized early on that stem cells were important but that they benefitted from other cells contained in ADRCs such as progenitor cells, pericytes, endothelial cells and fibroblasts, which we collect from patients’ adipose tissue along with their stem cells. All of these cell types play an essential role in tissue regeneration and work synergistically, each affecting the other to promote healing in specific ways that we are still working to fully understand. Therapies that isolate stem cells for culturing in the lab lack these other cell types.”
The publication concludes that utilizing ADRCs offers the most attractive therapeutic approach for providing safe and effective treatments, which can be integrated into the modern orthopedic clinical paradigm.
Building on the insights obtained from years of research studying regenerative cells, InGeneron is currently conducting three actively enrolling FDA-approved clinical trials. to evaluate its cell therapy platform for the treatment of musculoskeletal indications such as partial-thickness rotator cuff tear, wrist osteoarthritis, and facet joint syndrome.
Citation: Furia, J.P., Lundeen, M.A., Hurd, J.L. et al. Why and how to use the body’s own stem cells for regeneration in musculoskeletal disorders: a primer. J Orthop Surg Res 17, 36 (2022).
About the Transpose® RT System and FDA approved clinical trials
InGeneron’s Transpose® RT cell therapy platform consists of a processing unit, a set of disposables and Matrase®, a proprietary enzyme mixture. The platform allows the isolation of regenerative cells from the patients’ own adipose tissue at point-of-care in less than 90 minutes for same-day treatment. The cells are re-administered into the patient’s damaged tissue by injection under ultrasound or fluoroscopic guidance.
The Transpose® RT System is being investigated in several FDA-approved clinical trials and is currently available in the U.S. for research use only. More information on InGeneron’s actively enrolling clinical trials can be found at www.clinicaltrials.gov under the identifiers NCT03752827, NCT03513731, and NCT03503305.
InGeneron is a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing novel, safe, and evidence-based cell therapies. We are setting new therapeutic standards by enabling minimally invasive treatments that unlock the healing potential of each patient’s own regenerative cells processed at the point of care for same-day treatment. We currently focus on helping patients impacted by orthopedic conditions and are conducting several clinical trials to validate our technology as a disease-modifying treatment. Based on more than 20 years of research, InGeneron is dedicated to developing therapies supported by clinical evidence and approved by the FDA.
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