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Launch of Oristem® - the new service allowing adults to store their own stem cells as an investment in their future health.

04 Jun 2011

Pharmacells Ltd is delighted to announce the launch of Oristem®; its new stem cell banking service that allows adults of any age to store these vital cells ready to treat diseases that they may get later in life.

Until now, it has only been possible to store cells using invasive, costly techniques – designed to access cell types that have already “chosen” pathways within the body. The cell type stored by Pharmacells is significantly less mature, which in scientific terms means that they have much more potential for use within personalised treatments, therapies or pharmaceuticals. Unlike all other methods, the Oristem® product allows the client to choose when and where their blood is taken. They can then relax in the knowledge that their stem cells have been isolated and stored when they are young and healthy, ready to be returned to them at a time, should it arrive, when they need the cells again to treat a serious illness. Since stem cell efficacy drops as people age, storing cells in this manner provides an insurance policy against ageing and maximises the chance of recovering from diseases which may currently be considered incurable.

Stem cells are the building blocks of life and are essential for repair of damaged areas of the body. Already stem cells are used in several routine treatments for a wide variety of medical concerns including leukaemia, lymphoma, blood disorders and eye cornea damage. Every year billions are spent globally to push forward this amazing new area of science. Research into many health concerns including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, Diabetes and Stroke heralds the promise of a new dawn within Medical Science.

Athol Haas, CEO of Pharmacells, said "We have worked extremely hard over the last few years to bring this amazing new breakthrough technology to the market. We’re proud to be able to use our patented technology to help ensure the future health of our clients. Stem cells are at the forefront of a new wave of medical technologies and our Oristem® product offers, for the first time, a cost effective opportunity for anyone to improve their future health and that of their families"

To deliver Oristem®, Pharmacells has partnered with two leading companies in their field, Altrika Ltd (part of Ilika PLC) to process the blood samples and extract the cells, and Vindon Healthcare PLC to provide long term storage. All parties have been inspected and licensed by the UK Human Tissue Authority (HTA), guaranteeing that they operate to the highest standards possible. Together, they have designed unique, temperature controlled collection kits that allow samples to be safely collected almost anywhere in the world and dispatched to Altrika Ltd for processing.

With stem cell research developing quickly and the number of new treatments and therapies expected to rise considerably over the coming years, having quick access to your own healthy cells is a wise health choice. After all, none of us is getting any younger!

 

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