is creating an off the shelf mesenchymal stem cell product. The website is interesting and they have stage II/III trials going in Crohn's and graft vs host diseases with fast track status granted already.
Apparently they screen donors carefully and then harvest and grow the stem cells from these healthy people in the lab for donation to others.
from the website
Osiris Therapeutics, Inc. is a leading stem cell therapeutic company focused on developing and marketing products to treat medical conditions in the inflammatory, orthopedic, and cardiovascular areas. Osiris’ stem cell products have significant therapeutic potential because of their ability to regulate inflammation, promote tissue regeneration and prevent pathological scar formation.
The next revolution in medical care
Osiris Therapeutics is commercializing products from a readily available and non-controversial source – adult bone marrow. These stem cells have demonstrated the ability to repair different types of tissue and offer a very real opportunity to develop revolutionary new treatments for certain disease processes including inflammatory diseases, heart attacks and arthritis.
They have no MS trials planned at this time that I can tell from the website. It is interesting though to think there could be a commercially viable way to get these stem cells tested and if this stuff is available to crohn's patients I suppose an off label use is possible, if you are willing to pay yourself vs insurance paying for it.
Plus, it'd be really convenient to go to a clinic and get the cells right then and there rather than to have your own harvested to grow them in the lab. It'd possibly leave the way open for less expense.......nah! who'm I kidding! It'll be expensive!
But assuming successful trials, local hospitals that grow stem cells for cancer therapies MIGHT decide to offer the service of growing your own cells foryour own transplant in order to make some money for their labs; I can see an opportunity for say, Swedish Hospital to have a specialty clinic where they do this for people with autoimmune disease based on success seen /proven with this commercially available product I mention here.
And hey, I'd pay out of pocket for it off label. In my mind way better than going to costa rica or china for treatment and hoping the lab is on the up and up......