DAVID GRANOVSKY

S Korea Approves Stem Cell Treatment For Heart Attack Victims

In ALL ARTICLES on October 20, 2011 at 9:07 am

“…takes somatic stem cells extracted from the patient’s own bone marrow that are then cultured and directly injected into the damaged heart…the stem cell medication will help the damage cells regenerate and recover function.”

And they did so before the US.  Now who’s the 3rd world country?

– David

CARDIAC STEM CELL

Five years after South Korea’s scientific reputation was shattered by a cloning research scandal, the country has approved stem cell medication for heart attack victims.

South Korea put stem cell research on hold after Hwang Woo-Suk was found guilty of fraud for his work in the field in 2005…

“This marks the government opening the road for progressive development in stem cell research,” Oh Il-hwan, professor of molecular biology at the Catholic University School of Medicine in Seoul, told Reuters…

The South Korean team is ahead of other stem cell researchers because it has shown the treatment as being good enough to win regulatory approval and make it available for clinical use.

The KFDA said that after six years of clinical trials, it had finalized all procedures needed to permit the sale of Hearticellgram-AMI, a stem cell therapy for acute myocardial infarction…

“We hope this will serve as a catalyst in the advancement of global stem cell research and its application.”…

Hearticellgram-AMI takes somatic stem cells extracted from the patient’s own bone marrow that are then cultured and directly injected into the damaged heart.

“Our first goal is to apply them in patients with illnesses that are not curable through conventional treatment procedures and medications,” FCB-Pharmicell Chief Executive Officer Kim Hyun-soo said from the company’s headquarters in Seongnam, south of Seoul.

FCB-Pharmicell said that the stem cell medication will help the damage cells regenerate and recover function.

It said patients have shown in the last six years of clinical trials that there has been a near 6 percent improvement in heart function six months after one dose of the injection.

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