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Author: Emma Yasinski
I am a freelance science and medical journalist, fascinated by how the scientific process leads to incredible discoveries, but also can lead to publication bias leaning toward positive findings and minimizing negatives. With a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from Lafayette College and a Master’s in Science and Medical Journalism from Boston University, I’ve written about clinical trial transparency, organ donation, and basic molecular biology for publications like The Scientist, The Atlantic, Undark.org, Kaiser Health News, and more. At MedShadow, I research and write about the sometimes unexpected ways that medicines can affect us, and what we can do if and when it does.
There are at least six octopus trinkets on the desk separating me from Duncan Ross, PhD, CEO of Kimera Labs, a company that produces exosomes, stem cell derivatives that contain molecular information believed to help cells heal.
When Matthew Feshbach, then an investor, first heard about a California company developing treatments for a variety of diseases using stem cells derived from a patient’s own fat cells (autologous adipose-derived cells), he thought, That’s the biggest idea I’ve ever heard.
You can find regenerative medicine in many settings, ranging from academic medical centers, to facilities dedicated to providing only stem cell treatments to an individual doctor or even chiropractor’s office. With such variability, it’s important to ask questions to make sure the treatment you’re considering will be as safe as possible.
“Time’s up,” said the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). A three-and-a-half-year grace period during which companies manufacturing and providing regenerative medicine procedures were instructed to get their operations in line with new, clarified rules announced in 2017, ended May 31.
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