Adult Stem Cells

The use of adult stem cells is one of the most promising areas of developing medical treatment. An adult stem cell (ASC) is a multipotent stem cell in adult humans that is used to replace cells that have died or lost function. It is an undifferentiated cell present in differentiated tissue. Nonsenescent ASC’s can renew themselves and can specialize to yield all cell types present in the tissue from which it originated including hematopoetic (blood), neural, endothelial, muscle, mesenchymal, gastrointestinal, and epidermal cells. Adult stem cells can be harvested from bone marrow, subcutaneous fat or blood. These adult stem cells can then be stored for future use and eventually reintroduced systemically (intravenously) or locally (inside a joint, e.g.) to treat a wide variety of ailments or to simply prevent diseases including aging. Adult stem cells can also be used for cosmetic purposes in topical formulations or as part of simple procedures to the appearance.

Performance Sports and Rejuvenation Medicine and Rand McClain, D.O. are collaborating with the Regenerative Medicine Institute (RMI) and Vincent Giampapa, M.D. as well as American CryoStem (OTCQB:CRYO) and Personal Cell Sciences to advance the research, collection, banking and clinical use of ASC’s both in the United States and internationally.

Through their collaboration operating as RMI, Dr. McClain and Dr. Giampapa are currently the only physicians in the U.S. to offer ASC collection through either adipose tissue or blood (or both). RMI also offers a patented topical personalized cosmetic line, Personal Cell Sciences, containing regenerative and growth factors obtained from autologous mesenchymal ASC’s obtained from one’s own fat.

What is Stem Cell Therapy?

A long history of the restorative power of stem cells

Much research has been conducted on the effectiveness of stem cell therapy in both chronic and acute diseases, as well as injury. Although research is ongoing, stem cells have been used in the clinical setting for over 40 years to treat diseases such as leukemia and lymphoma through bone marrow transplants. Stem cells are also being explored as a regenerative therapy for heart disease and are even being considered for the restoration of blood vessels.

But stem cells aren’t just used to treat disease. Professional athletes have been taking advantage of the effects of stem cells for years to treat sports-related injuries to the shoulder, knee and even neck.

Unlocking the potential for a healthy future

Collecting your stem cells today could be the answer to certain healthcare issues that may arise in the future, especially if you have a family history of diabetes, cancer, or even heart or vascular disease (such as peripheral artery disease, aneurysm or blood clots).

Currently, there are close to 2,000 clinical trials registered in the United States investigating the potential of adult stem cells to treat a myriad of diseases.1Researchers are learning more each day about how the restorative properties of stem cells may help in diabetes, heart and vascular disease, autoimmune diseases, organ regeneration and injured tissues, just to name a few.

There is potential for stem cells to treat many conditions:

  • Heart disease
  • Vascular disease
  • Diabetes
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Lupus
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Nerve regeneration
  • Orthopedic repair
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Wound healing
  • Burn healing
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
REFERENCES:
  1. ClinicalTrials.gov. Bethesda, MD: National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. www.clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/results?term=adult+stem+cells&recr=open. Accessed February 7, 2014.

About Stem Cells

Stem cells are the building blocks of the body

Your body is made up of two different types of cells, somatic cells and stem cells.

Somatic cells form the body we see and feel and help it function. There are trillions of these specialized cells in your body: heart cells, lung cells, red blood cells and so forth each carry out a specialized function to keep it running.

Stem cells repair tissues that have been damaged through normal wear and tear, injury and disease, or poor lifestyle choices. These unspecialized cells have a restorative quality that allows them to renew tissues by replacing somatic cells that have worn out or no longer function at optimal levels.1

Stem cells are much fewer in number than somatic cells and somewhat harder to find; they primarily live in the bone marrow, but are also found in the2:

  • Blood stream
  • Cornea and retina of the eye
  • Dental pulp of the tooth
  • Liver
  • Skin
  • GI tract
  • Adipose tissue
  • Pancreas
REFERENCES:
  1. What are the potential uses of human stem cells and the obstacles that must be overcome before these potential uses will be realized? In: Stem Cell Information. Bethesda, MD: National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. http://stemcells.nih.gov/info/basics/pages/basics6.aspx. Updated April 28, 2009. Accessed February 7, 2014.
  2. What are adult stem cells? In: Stem Cell Information. Bethesda, MD: National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

What are Stem Cells?

Stem cells are your body’s internal repair system

You may already know about storing blood from a baby’s umbilical cord, which contains young stem cells, for therapeutic use in the event of serious illness. But what you may not know is that adults can collect and store their own stem cells too. While your own cord blood may never have been collected, you can still take advantage of the restorative power of your adult stem cells by collecting and storing them now. Adult stem cells have unique characteristics that allow them to repair damaged tissues in your body.

Remarkable ability to repair, renew and replenish

Your adult stem cells are unspecialized, which means they have the potential to develop into many different cell types. Unspecialized stem cells can replicate and each new cell has the potential to either remain a stem cell or become another type of cell with a specialized function, such as a red blood cell or a brain cell.1

Stem cells can continue to divide for a long period of time to repair and replace worn out tissue. Because stem cells can divide many times, they can produce many cells. Most of the time, however, stem cells are at rest, and are only activated by messages from cell DNA to mount a strong, rapid response to tissue stress and injury. This restorative ability is important in maintaining the youthful functions of all of the tissues and organs in the body.

Because stem cells can repair and replace your body’s damaged cells and tissues, storing them can provide you with access to cutting-edge technologies to combat the effects of aging and treat numerous diseases or injury in the future. However, since your stem cells age as you age and lose their power to repair, the healthiest they will ever be is right now.

REFERENCES:
  1. What are the unique properties of all stem cells? In: Stem Cell Information. Bethesda, MD: National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
    http://stemcells.nih.gov/info/basics/pages/basics2.aspx. Updated April 28, 2009. Accessed February 7, 2014.

Why Store Stem Cells?

As you age, so do your stem cells

Your stem cells continue to divide throughout your life to keep your body operating in optimal condition. However, the DNA contained within those cells can become damaged. Stem cells with damaged DNA are unable to effectively repair and maintain the body’s tissues, contributing to the aging process. Excessive damage can cause rapid aging of cells and organs, leading to a poor quality of life and health.1

Accumulated damage to cells can also lead to cellular senescence, a permanent condition where cells stop dividing (or replicating) altogether. Senescence contributes heavily to aging and the diseases of aging.1

Not only does stem cell function deteriorate with age, but the number of circulating stem cells also decreases.1 This loss of both function and number make it difficult for stem cells to respond to the maintenance and restorative demands placed upon them throughout a lifetime.2-8

The healthiest your stem cells will ever be is right now

Collecting and storing your stem cells at an earlier age helps to isolate those stem cells with the least amount of DNA damage, allowing them the opportunity to replicate and function at their highest restorative potential in the future. Younger stem cells have key characteristics that make collecting them now beneficial to you in the future:

  • Minimal DNA damage: allows proper cell replication
  • Optimal gene expression: results in proper cell function
  • Optimal stem cell function and number: allows maintenance and repair of somatic cells and tissues

It’s never too late to collect your stem cells: StemBank has successfully collected stem cells from people aged 21 to 80. Preliminary research with Rutgers University on collecting stem cells from older individuals is promising.

REFERENCES:
  1. Kenyon J, Gerson SL. The role of DNA damage repair in aging of adult stem cells. Nucleic Acids Res. 2007;35:7557-7565.
  2. Kamminga L, van Os R, Ausema A, et al. Impaired hematopoietic stem cell functioning after serial transplantation and during normal aging. Stem Cells.
    2005;23:82-92.
  3. Dimmeler S, Leri A. Aging and disease as modifiers of efficacy of cell therapy. Circ Res. 2008;102:1319-1330.
  4. Van Zant G, Liang Y. The role of stem cells in aging. Exp Hematol. 2003:31;659-672.
  5. Sharpless NE, DePinho RA. How stem cells age and why this makes us grow old. Nat Rev Mol Cell Biol. 2007;8:703-713.
  6. Rossi DJ, Bryder D, Seita J, Nussenzweig A, Hoeijmakers J, Weissman IL. Deficiencies in DNA damage repair limit the function of haematopoietic stem cells with age. Nature. 2007;447:725-729.
  7. Schlessinger D, Vant Zant G. Does functional depletion of stem cells drive aging? Mech Ageing Dev. 2001;122:1537-1553.
  8. Brazel CY, Rao MS. Stem cells and aging. Aging Health. 2005;1:49-58.

Our Program

How the StemBank collection program works

StemBank has one goal in mind: to provide you with options for a healthy tomorrow. Our adult stem cell collection program utilizes advanced collection methods and state-of-the-art storage facilities. Our collection program has been developed to procure the best stem cell collection possible for you.

At StemBank, we use apheresis to collect your stem cells. Compared with other collection methods, such as via adipose (fat) or bone marrow, apheresis is not only minimally invasive and virtually painless, but is also highly effective in collecting stem cells.

Comparison Chart of Stem Cell Collection Methods

There’s no better time to invest in “YOU”

Once you decide to make one of your best investments—in you—by collecting your stem cells today, your personal StemBank advisor will contact you to schedule the first step in unlocking the door to unlimited potential health.

Preparation

Preparing your stem cells for collection

The StemBank collection program begins with finding out some basic information about you, your lifestyle and the current state of your physical health. Our Chief of Clinical Affairs, or medical staff, will interview you and record your medical history. We’ll take note of any diseases that may be prevalent in your family, such as cardiac disease, cancer, diabetes, neurologic diseases or autoimmune disorders.

You will also undergo a complete physical examination conducted by one of our specially trained physicians or nurse practitioners. Your blood will be drawn so we can complete a full blood cell count, including blood typing and screening. Once these simple tests are completed and you are cleared for collection, your StemBank clinical advisor will work with you to schedule your collection date within the next 30 days.

Our expertly trained team will walk you through the steps, and of course, will be on hand to answer any questions you may have throughout the entire process.

Healthy Cell Plus Box

Enhancing your cell health for optimal collection

We want your cells to be in the best condition possible prior to collection. healthycell™ plus is a patented cell health formula created by CellHealth™ Institute, the same expertly trained physicians and PhDs who are part of the Stem-Bank program.healthycell™ plus has over 90 of the highest quality phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals to help create the ideal environment for your cells. You will receive a 30-day supply to help your cells be at their highest function and number at the time of collection, which will help both your body and your collection results.

To learn how healthycell™ plus can help keep your cells in optimal condition, ask your healthcare provider for more information or contact us.

Getting those cells to move

Three days prior to your collection date, you will receive your first injection of Neupogen® (filgrastim), an FDA approved stem cell mobilizing agent that has been used safely in patients for more than 20 years. You will receive a once-daily injection (the amount of which will be based on your weight) for three days at our office in Montclair, New Jersey.

Neupogen is a granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) that mimics a naturally occurring process in your body stimulating the bone marrow to release stem cells into your peripheral (circulating) blood. Not only does this aid in collecting a larger number of stem cells, but our most recent research has shown that Neupogen tends to mobilize only high quality stem cells. This is extremely important since, as we age, a higher number of our cells become senescent (non-replicating). Neupogen mobilizes those stem cells that are high functioning and optimally replicating (non-senescent), which allows for a healthier stem cell collection for you to use in the future.

Collection

Collection from blood

After completing cell mobilization therapy with Neupogen®, your stem cells will be collected from your blood via apheresis, a safe and virtually painless process similar to donating blood.

Apheresis collects your blood through two intravenous lines, separates the stem cells from other blood cells, then returns your red blood cells back to your body. This process lasts approximately three hours, during which you can relax comfortably in our massage chairs with access to WiFi, teleconference capabilities or entertainment services such as Netflix.

Collection of your stem cells with this technique yields all 3 stem cell types and also what we call non senescent or very healthy stem cells, a result not normally found with bone marrow collection.

Apheresis Process Graphic

Collection from fat (Mesenchymal stem cell collection)

Your stem cells from fat can be collected in two manners. They can be collected at the same time you undergo apheresis after completion of cell mobilization with Neupogen™. This theoretically will yield a better quality from stem cells from fat. Your stem cells from fat can also be collected without mobilization via a simple liposuction procedure under local anestesia. Collected adipose tissue is sent to our laboratory for processing and storage. They are now available to you upon your request.

Personal Q & A session

Our Chief Medical Officer and Co-Founder of Regenerative Medicine Institute (RMI), Dr. Vincent Giampapa, or one of our expertly trained healthcare professionals, will be available during your collection to share research on cellular health, stem cells and cellular nutrition. You will also have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about stem cells, their collection and storage process, or even the future of therapies using stem cells.

Where you go for the procedure

The procedure itself will take place at our headquarters, RMI, located in Montclair, New Jersey. RMI is one of the few private FDA-registered and state-licensed blood bank locations in the United States where stem cells from healthy donors are collected from peripheral blood to be cryogenically stored for future use.

Our facility is located just 12 miles west of New York City. We can arrange transportation and accommodations for you if necessary. Your normal daily activities can be resumed immediately following your collection.

How did your cells do?

Approximately eight weeks following your stem cell collection, our medical team will contact you to review your stem cell collection results. Determined by advanced flow cytometry, these collection results include the total number of CD34+ cells, which is a biomarker indicating hematopoietic stem cells (the cells that give rise to all other blood cells). You will receive a StemBank card with your personal stem cell results as well as contact information for RMI, should you need your stem cells in a medical emergency.

When will your stem cells be available for use

At present your personal stem cells are not able to be used in the USA for elective personal use. We are presently constructing our Regenerative Medicine Institute in Costa Rica and we’ll have a interim facility in San José open in 6 months and the full Regenerative Medicine Institute will open in a year. At this time you will then be able to choose a number of elective uses for your previous collected stem cells. You will be informed about one of the potential uses by one of our medical staff at RMI.

Storage

A lifetime of safe and secure storage

Once your stem cells have been collected, they will be securely stored in liquid nitrogen vapor at minus 180 degrees Celsius in a state-of-the-art cryopreservation facility. Our facility is secured with continuous monitoring and alarm systems, back-up generators and cooling systems, and is compliant with strict FDA cGMP guidelines. Your stem cell collection will be stored and traced through a system designed to return stem cells only to the patient from whom they were collected—you.

Because there are different ways to use stem cells in therapy, your cells will be stored in varying amounts:

  • Twenty 5-mL cryovials to allow convenient access to a small amount of your cells for use in future regenerative therapies
  • One 100-mL bag, for use as a full immune reconstitution in cases of medical emergency

Your stem cells will always be there for you

In the event that you need your stem cells, simply call the number on your StemBank collection card and your cells will be made available to you. StemBank will ensure that your stem cells are transported using state-of-the-art equipment so they arrive safe and ready to be used. Through its affiliation with PCT (Progenitor Cell Therapy), RMI offers emergency, on-demand medical transportation of stored cells via a specialty air carrier serving over 100 cities worldwide.

How NeoStem and PCT fit into the process

StemBank is one of the original adult stem cell collection centers for NeoStem, Inc. NeoStem, which has been collecting and storing adult stem cells since 2004, owns PCT (Progenitor Cell Therapy). Using current good manufacturing practices (cGMP), PCT processes and freezes stem cells collected by StemBank. To maintain the stability of those cells, PCT monitors its storage freezers 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Institute

RMI’s international institute is the first to offer regenerative medical therapy to individuals via exclusive memberships. In a purpose built health-conducive luxury rainforest environment, with a limited number of exclusive memberships.

BioAssets

Collecting, banking and using one’s own adult stem cells. RMI’s focus is on Personalized, preventive, and proactive, medicine of the future—today.

  • Stem cell collection (all three cell types, plus adipose derived stem cells)
  • Stem cell banking
  • New personalized product development from adult stem cells
  • Proven stem cell therapies, and first access to future therapies
  • Biomarker testing, customized nutrition, and lifestyle intervention to keep you healthier longer
  • Where applicable, RMI will focus on the use of Stem Cell Technology and Aesthetic Surgery to reverse the physical signs of aging

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Why Us

The StemBank difference

At StemBank, we know that your stem cells are your future. With our cutting-edge stem cell collection method, state-of-the-art storage facilities and CellHealth™ Institute’s continuous research in cell health, you can be confident when choosing StemBank that you have chosen a reliable partner for life.

Cell mobilization therapy is used to collect healthiest cells

StemBank uses Neupogen® to mobilize and collect optimally replicating (non-senescent) cells to allow for a healthier stem cell collection for you to use in the future.

Not one, but THREE types of cells are collected

StemBank Program uses an apheresis method to collect stem cells for long term storage, allowing for the collection of three different stem cell types: hematopoietic stem cells, mesenchymal stem cells and endothelial progenitor cells. Although stem cells can be collected from adipose tissue (fat cells), this method principally collects only adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells.

Stembank Collects 3 Types of Cells

We’re leaders in cell health research

Driven by our quest for answers to the aging process and its effect on individual cells and the body as a whole, Regenerative Medicine Institute (RMI) has been leader in cell health for years. Our groundbreaking research has been presented all over the world, including the Vatican. But our work is never done. Through partnerships with publicly traded companies and major universities, we are constantly learning more about stem cells and their therapeutic potential. Knowing that the answer lies in the ratio of senescent cells (non-replicating/damaged) to non-senescent cells healthy, CellHealth™ Institute is continuously pioneering processes to shift that ratio to prevent the effects of aging and disease. Our ongoing translational research program is evaluating ways to restore cells (through our proprietary cell culture process as well as non-senescent cells that have been collected and stored) to be used as promising anti-aging therapies.

You can trust StemBank with your cells and essentially, your life

Regenerative Medicine Institute (RMI) is a biotech company committed to developing and delivering the highest quality products that will enable and empower people to live healthier lives, longer. RMI focuses on cellular health, combining products such as healthycell™ plus with cell health services and holistic lifestyle education.

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Learn more about how RMI is revolutionizing our understanding of health and healing.

RMI empowers people to take control of their own health at the most basic level – their cells. Because when our cells are healthy, we are healthy.

Contact us today to learn how StemBank can help you prepare for a healthy tomorrow, today.

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