Stemedica, Mesenchymal and BioSmart
Every single cell in your body, all ~37 trillion cells in your body came from one, lonesome cell. This cell is the product of a sperm cell and an egg cell joining together through fertilization to create the very first cell with your unique genetic code. This unique, primeval cell has the ability to divide and create daughter cells, which are given very specific instructions. Some are instructed to commit and create the organs and tissues that together form the human body. Some, however, are instructed to remain in an uncommitted state. These uncommitted cells are generally known as stem cells and have unique properties to fulfill a very special role. Their instructions are to remain vigilant and respond to the body’s needs; this might mean dividing and creating specialized daughter cells, sending a message that recruits specialized cells and other stem cells, or even creating more stem cells! Such properties make them very interesting for doctors and scientists worldwide, who are currently looking for ways to enhance these properties to offer novel treatments for difficult conditions.
We’ve been fortunate enough to work with one of these agents that took the challenge to discover ways in which we can use our own stem cells to treat old illnesses in novel ways; Stemedica Cell Technologies. Our friends at Stemedica have not only identified a stem cell type inside our bones, or bone marrow, that is highly responsive and adaptive to stress: they have also innovated a method to extract, isolate, multiply and store these stem cells for our personal use… all from a single patient! These bone marrow stem cells are known as mesenchymalstem cells and their proprietary technology is known as BioSmart.
Mesenchymal stem cells are usually found inside our bones, body fat, umbilical chord and other parts of the body, even inside our teeth! These mesenchymal stem cells are able to differentiate into muscle, cartilage, fat and bone cells, as well as communicating with the immune system to regulate the body’s response to stress, damage or foreign objects. These cells are also remarkable by being able to evade immune detection; they are not biologically “tagged” for a specific human for other human cells to recognize as foreign.
Although promising in nature, mesenchymal stem cells are few and far in between, making their extraction and isolation very difficult. In order to have a sufficient quantity of cells for therapeutic use they must be extracted from the body and placed in an artificial environment that resembles their original home. Stemedica Cell Technologies has developed a method that extracts and isolates mesenchymal stem cells from bone marrow, which are then placed in a nutrient rich environment that promotes their multiplication. After several cycles of multiplication, the cells are frozen in liquid nitrogen and stored for further use: all while under strict conditions of sterility that ensure the cells are not contaminated by the environment or the people that participate in the manufacturing process, collectively known as cell culture.
This method for cell cultivation is generally done in the same way worldwide for other cell types, including non-stem cells or non-human cells. Stemedica, however, have concentrated their efforts on replicating the environment in which mesenchymal stem cells thrive as close as possible. Stemedica’s BioSmart Technology manufacturing platform recreates the high nutrient, low tension, and low oxygen conditions found in the bone marrow. Through BioSmart’s technology, Stemedica has been able to standardize an FDA-compliant, completely safe and scalable manufacturing process capable of providing more tan 450,000 doses of mesenchymal stem cells from an individual donor. We are proud to say Clinica Santa Clarita has partnered with Stemedica in order to bring their revolutionary product to Latin America, as we continue to explore the extent of what stem cells and our body’s own healing mechanisms can do to help us alleviate and treat modern illnesses.