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LA BioMed investigator, Dr. Yutaka Niihara, developing novel cellular therapy
Date:7/26/2012

LOS ANGELES (July 26, 2012) Yutaka Niihara, M.D., lead investigator at the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center (LA BioMed), and his team Fawzia Bardag-Gorce, Ph.D. and Joan Oliva Vilana, Ph.D. - are working with Japanese technology company, CellSeed, Inc., to conduct research and examine how novel cellular therapies can help repair damaged organs, including the eyes, skin, teeth, heart, liver, and kidneys. The research is focused on providing innovative solutions for tissue-engineering through the development of novel cell harvest methods and 3-dimensional living tissue replacement products for "cell-sheet therapy" and regenerative medicine. LA BioMed recently completed the first of a two-year research agreement to study CellSeed's proprietary core technology in regenerative medicine.

"At LA BioMed, we are constantly working to uncover new treatments and therapies that can help patients who need them the most," said David I. Meyer, Ph.D., president and CEO of LA BioMed. "We are pleased to be collaborating with CellSeed, and look forward to further exploring the safety and efficacy of this novel cellular therapy and bringing regenerative medicine to patients worldwide."

Cell-sheet therapy is the process of taking small quantities of a patient's own stem or progenitor cells through biopsy and culturing them in a special cell culturing dish. When the cells have grown sufficiently to create a sheet of cells, the living cell-sheet is collected and transplanted back into the patient again. If the transplant is successful, the cells will differentiate to replace the damaged cells and restore the functions that have been lost. This process can be used to regenerate lost or functionally impaired tissues and organs such as eyes, teeth, skin, heart, liver, bladder, and kidneys.

"We are pleased with the progress we have made so far with this potentially revolutionary technology," said Dr. Niihara. "We
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Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center (LA BioMed)
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