Mesenchymal stem cells derived from umbilical cord tissue could help treat ARDS in Covid-19 patients, according to results of a Phase I/IIa clinical trial published by University of Miami researchers.

Less than two months after life sciences giant Bayer acquired N.C.-based gene therapy company AskBio, the healthcare company launched a cell and gene therapy platform within its pharmaceutical division.

Bayer is making a big bet on gene therapy with the acquisition of North Carolina-based Asklepios BioPharmaceutical (AskBio).

Wilmington, Delaware-based Incyte Corporation announced data from the Phase III REACH3 trial of Jakafi (ruxolitinib) in patients with moderate or severe steroid-refractory or steroid dependent chronic graft-versus-host disease (GVHD).

Celltex Therapeutics Corporation began active discussions with the FDA regarding a study using using adult, autologous Mesenchymal Stem Cells against coronavirus (COVID-19)-type symptoms.

Researchers at the University of California-Los Angeles Health Sciences have developed a scar-in-a-dish model derived from stem cells that can mimic fibrosis.

Researchers with Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute in La Jolla, California, were able to grow natural-looking hair that grows through the skin using human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs).

Japanese scientists will test the use of human-induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS) to treat spinal cord injuries, a health ministry panel that approved the research project said.

The passing of singing great Aretha Franklin has focused attention on pancreatic cancer. Franklin, 76, succumbed to a neuroendocrine tumor of the pancreas. According to the National Cancer Institute, pancreatic cancer is relatively rare with about 55,440 cases diagnosed annually, representing about 3.2 percent of new cancer cases.

Japanese scientists said they will start clinical trials in August 2018 on a treatment for Parkinson’s disease, transplanting “reprogrammed” stem cells into brains, seeking a breakthrough in treating the neurodegenerative disorder.