BHI THERAPEUTIC SCIENCES ABSTRACT TO BE PRESENTED AT GERMAN STEM CELL CONFERENCE


BHI Therapeutic Sciences (BHITS) has been invited to present its abstract, “A retrospective chart review study of allogeneic umbilical cord blood mononuclear cell therapy for stroke,” at the German Stem Cell Network;s 7th Annual GSCN Conference being held Sept. 23-25 at the Max Delbruck Center for Molecular Medicine in Berlin. 

Marina Manvelyan, PhD., BHITS Clinical Research Scientist said: “We are excited to be part of this gathering to share knowledge with other scientists across the globe. We look forward to learning more about what our colleagues are focusing on in stem cell and regenerative therapies.”

The German Stem Cell Network (GSCN) aims to foster basic and applied stem cell research in Germany. The conference will cover the latest findings in stem cell biology in Germany and includes these scientific sessions:
• Pluripotency and reprograming
• Somatic stem cells and development
• Hematopoietic stem cells
• Stem cells in diseases: cancer stem cells
• Stem cells in regenerative therapies
• Stem cells in disease modeling and drug development
• Computational stem cell biology

“Stem cell therapies are, without a doubt, the future of medicine. I believe

they will become the preferred substitutes for many surgical,

pharmacological, and rehabilitative medical services,” 

“The importance of clinical trials and the key direction that it will take will truly

shape the way patients with chronic conditions, disorders, and acute diseases

are treated,” shared Brian Mehling, MD, Chief Medical Officer of BHITS.

BHITS abstract is focused on stroke. Stroke is a leading cause of adult disability worldwide and the second highest cause of death in the world. To date, there are no clinically effective pharmacotherapies that can promote or facilitate cellular functional recovery after an ischemic stroke. Human umbilical cord blood cell therapy is a promising treatment for ischemic stroke. The current retrospective chart review study is aimed to analyze the impact of human umbilical cord blood mononuclear cell therapy on mobility and muscle strength of upper and lower extremities, and neurological function in subjects with ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke.”

Ninety-seven subjects with ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke, treated with human umbilical cord blood mononuclear cells in the Wuhan Hongqiao Brain Hospital Co., Ltd. (Wuhan, Hubei) between March 2009 and March 2012, were included in the retrospective chart review study. Subjects received three administrations of 5 ml human umbilical cord blood mononuclear cells (3×10^8) isolated from human umbilical cord blood of three different donors. Treatment was conducted in three sessions via intravenous and intrathecal administrations. This retrospective chart review study was approved by an Institute of Regenerative and Cellular Medicine Institutional Review Board (IRCM approval number: IRCM-2017-135). All procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional and national) and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2000 (5).

Analysis of post-stroke physical conditions before and two months after the last human umbilical cord blood mononuclear cell therapy session showed improvement of upper and lower extremity mobility and muscle strength, and neurological function (ability to speak, urinary and bowel function). Significant improvement of upper and lower extremity muscle strength was observed in subjects with ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke, treated with human umbilical cord blood mononuclear cells in two or three intrathecal administrations.

 BHI Therapeutic Sciences is pioneering ethical, effective, safe and affordable stem cell treatment therapies utilizing cord blood stem cells.   Our stem cell products evaluated in clinical studies are collected in accordance with Good Tissue Practice to ensure safety. The studies have been conducted following approval by an Investigational Research Board and in accordance with Good Clinical Practice. Our results show our cellular products are safe and effective in the improvement of symptoms related to chronic inflammation, spinal cord injury, stroke, musculoskeletal disorders and other medical conditions. Multiple studies of umbilical cord blood derived stem cell therapies and adipose-derived stem cell therapies are currently under investigation in clinical trials for a wide-range of medical conditions and show promising results. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given us approval to proceed with our Investigational New Drug (IND) application allowing for the initiation of a clinical study of an FDA-approved cell therapy (HCP, cord blood) for treatment of acute ischemic stroke. For more information, please visit www.bhisciences.com

BHI Therapeutic Sciences studies are registered at the clinical trial registries

Clinical trials are research investigations that play an important role in the development of health information and research for public health care. Clinical trials guiding principles are based on maximum benefit and minimal risk to the participants enrolled in a study.

According to the Ethical Principles for Medical Research Involving Human Subjects (World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki), “every clinical trial must be registered in a publicly accessible database before recruitment of first subject”. The main registry purpose is to fulfill ethical obligations to participants and the research community and provide information to potential participants and referring clinicians.

BHI Therapeutic Sciences (BHITS) announced the registration of the clinical trial entitled “Evaluation of the Safety and Efficacy of Hemacord HPC, Cord Blood in Subjects with Acute Ischemic Stroke” at the ClinicalTrials.gov registry of clinical trials. Initiation of the clinical study, presented in the Investigator-led IND (Investigational New Drug) application, was endorsed by The Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This is a phase one study investigating the safety and efficacy profile of allogeneic cord blood hematopoietic progenitor cells (HPC, Cord Blood), when administered by intravenous infusion and intrathecal injection, in subjects who have sustained an acute ischemic stroke within the past nine days.

To follow the ethical guidelines in clinical research, BHITS retrospectively registered another clinical study entitled “Retrospective chart review study of umbilical cord stem cell therapy for stroke” at the International Standard Randomised Controlled Trials Number (ISRCTN) registry (Biomed Central, Part of Springer Nature). This retrospective chart review study is aimed to analyze the impact of human umbilical cord blood mononuclear cell therapy on mobility and muscle strength of upper and lower extremities, and neurological function in subjects with ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke.

“Our research is becoming stronger and we are gaining momentum. It is important to show the scientific community and also the general public the promising results of our research. We are strong believers in stem cell therapies, and are working tirelessly on making it available for a wider audience”, said Brian Mehling, MD, CMO of BHITS, and the Principal Investigator of above mentioned clinical trials.

BHI Therapeutic Sciences is pioneering ethical, effective, safe and affordable stem cell treatment therapies utilizing cord blood stem cells.    Our stem cell products evaluated in clinical studies are collected in accordance with Good Tissue Practice to ensure safety. The studies have been conducted following approval by an Investigational Research Board and in accordance with Good Clinical Practice. Our results show our cellular products are safe and effective in the improvement of symptoms related to chronic inflammation, spinal cord injury, stroke, musculoskeletal disorders, and other medical conditions.  Multiple studies of umbilical cord blood-derived stem cell therapies and adipose-derived stem cell therapies are currently under investigation in clinical trials for a wide range of medical conditions and show promising results. For more information, please visit www.bhisciences.com.

ClinicalTrials.gov is a database of privately and publicly funded clinical studies conducted around the world. ClinicalTrials.gov is a registry of clinical trials. It is run by the United States National Library of Medicine (NLM) at the National Institutes of Health and is the largest clinical trials database, currently holding registrations from over 230,000 trials from 195 countries in the world. The National Library of Medicine in the National Institutes of Health made ClinicalTrials.gov available to the public via the internet on February 29, 2000.[6] In this initial release, ClinicalTrials.gov primarily included information about NIH-sponsored trials, omitting the majority of clinical trials being performed by private industry. For more information, please visit www.ClinicalTrials.gov.

The ISRCTN registry is a primary clinical trial registry recognized by WHO and ICMJE that accepts all clinical research studies (whether proposed, ongoing or completed), providing content validation and curation and the unique identification number necessary for publication. All study records in the database are freely accessible and searchable. ISRCTN supports transparency in clinical research, helps reduce selective reporting of results and ensures an unbiased and complete evidence base. For more information, please visit www.isrctn.com.

What do Athletes Need to Know about Stem Cell Therapies?

·        Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis and a major cause of pain and disability in adult individuals. Systemic inflammation observed in OA is partially reflective of local synovial inflammation. Common treatments for OA include agents for control of pain and inflammation, such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, analgesics including opioids, locally administered corticosteroids and viscosupplementation.

·        Cellular therapy is an emerging modality for the treatment of OA. Administration of stem cells with anti-inflammatory function may be effective at preventing or delaying OA if delivered at early stages in the disease process. Human umbilical cord stem cell therapy is safe and effective for articular cartilage regeneration in patients with osteoarthritic knees.

·        BHI Therapeutic Sciences is planning to submit an Investigator-led, research only Investigational New Drug (IND) application for the use of FDA-approved cell therapy (Hematopoietic Progenitor Cells (HPC), cord blood) in the treatment of osteoarthritis. This prospective, open-label, single-center, exploratory clinical study will be designed to characterize the safety and efficacy profile of HPC, cord blood, when administered by intra-articular injection and intravenous infusion, in subjects with OA.

·        The application of stem cell therapy in the sports medicine arena has expanded in recent years. Orthobiologics are biological substances that orthopaedic surgeons use to help musculoskeletal injuries heal quicker. More information regarding advantages of Orthobiologiscs in sport regenerative medicine can be found in the article “Orthobiologics: What do Athletes Need to Know about Stem Cell Therapies?”

 

What do Athletes Need to Know about Stem Cell Therapies?