Study shows significant improvement in orthopedic healing process
Dr. Shai Yarkoni, Company CEO : "Cellect shows promise of ApoGraft™ technology in use for orthopedic indications treated by fat-derived stem cells. Such stem cell enrichment products may create a dramatic change in orthopedic treatments and be used during surgical procedures and under cost effective conditions. This study significantly widens the range of medical applications of our technology."
TEL AVIV, Israel, Oct. 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Cellect Biotechnology Ltd. (APOP), a developer of stem cell selection technology, announced today that it has achieved positive results on the use of human fat derived stem cells (mesenchymal) treated with the ApoGraft™ process in orthopedic treatments of animals.
The study used ApoGraft enriched human mesenchymal stem cells at the time of surgery with the aim of improving the post-surgery healing process. Preliminary evidence of enhanced strength on biomechanical testing and significantly improved rotator cuff repair in animals treated with ApoGraft-treated human fat-derived stem cells (ASCs) have been achieved with shorter incubation compared to standard preparations of adipose derived stem cells.
Until this study, ApoGraft™ was mainly used on blood cells (hematopoietic) and, in studies to date, has proven to be beneficial in stem cells selection of bone marrow (including for treatment of cancer by Bone marrow transplantation, and autoimmune diseases). The new study has shown beneficial effect of the Apograft treated cells in an orthopedic model. This study further supports previous reported data showing activation of MSCs, as measured by significant increase in proliferation, the ability of those cells to create colonies and differentiate into bone after only a short incubation.
Shoulder rotator cuff tears are common musculoskeletal injuries, occurring mainly in aging populations. They cause pain, limit shoulder function and are often incapacitating requiring surgical intervention. Despite improved arthroscopic surgical techniques, the post repair prognosis is statistically poor, with a high incidence of re-tears. In addition, not all patients can be operated and many fail recoveries of full range of motion following surgery.
About Cellect Biotechnology Ltd.
Cellect Biotechnology (NASDAQ: APOP) has developed a breakthrough technology for the selection of stem cells from any given tissue that aims to improve a variety of stem cell-based therapies.
The Company's technology is expected to provide research, hospitals and pharma companies with the tools to rapidly isolate stem cells in quantity and quality allowing stem cell-based treatments and procedures in a wide variety of applications in regenerative medicine. The Company's current clinical trial is aimed at bone marrow transplantations in cancer treatment.
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Cellect Biotechnology Ltd.
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