Stem cells are considered to be the basic building blocks of
our body and are often referred to as Master Cells, having the potential to
become almost any other cell.
The healing ability of Stem Cells is well documented with
Stem Cell therapies and treatments being arguably the fastest growing sector in
the medical field today, with over 70 diseases and disorders already
successfully being treated.
Some of the fatal
diseases and disorders currently being treated with Stem Cells are: The
Leukaemias, Lymphomas and other blood cancers, bone marrow disorders like
Aplastic Anaemia and Sickle Cell disease.
transplants include the 4-year old boy who was successfully treated as part of
the Cryo-Save Cost Free donation programme.
The boy’s condition, Blackfan-Diamond anaemia (BDA) received a stem cell
transplant from his sister's umbilical cord blood.
Stem cell therapies in
The untapped potential of Stem Cell therapies lies in the
future, with the field of Stem Cells having immense potential, offering
possible solutions for a wide variety of health conditions.
Currently there are promising results with cerebral palsy,
traumatic brain injury, acquired hearing loss in children, spinal cord repair,
diabetes, arthritis, blindness and even open wounds like burns and frost bite.
With the inherent ability to modify into different cell types, Stem Cells are
an obvious choice to use in trials involving these regressive and degenerative
As a leading stem cell company, Cryo-Save had many samples
which have been released for clinical trials at Dukes University in the USA.
Cryo-Save also provides financial support to organizations that conduct
research and clinical trials, including patients that have stored their Stem
Cells with Cryo-Save.
Participating in clinical trials is an important means of
validating treatment of a particular disease or testing a drug before it is
introduced to the market in order to ascertain safety, effectiveness and to see
if this trial offers a superior or new solution to what is currently on the
Approval of clinical
Because these trials impact on the welfare and wellness of
people, all clinical trials have a structured procedure and should be governed
and regulated by a board such as the Federal Drug Administration (FDA). Additionally all clinical trials should have
ethical approval to ensure that no one is harmed and that best practices are
maintained. Ethical approval can be granted by a specific hospital board in
order to facilitate a small study.
“A higher level of approval enables people to gain a certain
amount of comfort with regard to the validity of the research generated through
the trial,” says Louis Rehrl, MD of Cryo-Save.
It is also advisable to include respected academics and professionals
who are key players in the particular field undergoing research to further
validate the trial. For these purposes,
Cryo-Save SA uses both SA and internationally based doctors, experts and
“In this way clinical trials can be monitored so that the
highest ethical standards are adhered to, in order to guarantee patients are not
exploited,” concludes Rehrl.