Ernesto Gutiérrez
President
World Stem Cells Clinic
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New Era of Healthcare is Born

Tue, 09/06/2016 - 17:54

Q: Stem cell treatments have the potential of treating chronic conditions, which have now become the greatest obstacle for healthcare systems around the world. How are they improving the stance of Mexico’s health?

A: Stem cells are able to treat and improve patients’ health but they cannot cure any type of illness. In short, they help the body heal itself. They are the human body’s own repair mechanism regardless of the ailment. Stem cells are “generic” cells that can become different tissues such as bone, muscle or even pulmonary or cardiac tissue to name a few. Clinics like ours have the capability of identifying these specialized cells, retrieving, storing, multiplying and applying them where needed. Instead of allowing stem cells to identify the issue themselves we can place them where we need to in order to expedite the healing process.

For the general population stem cell treatments are normally thought of as either miracle solutions that can cure everything or complete scams. The reality is that stem cell therapies fall in between the two. Our therapies merely help the body heal itself through its own repair mechanism. Some physicians and patients still cannot grasp this therapeutic approach as it differs from the pharmaceutical approach we are all familiar with. There is no question that pharmaceuticals are of the utmost importance for society. Nonetheless, regenerative medicine through stem cell treatment adds options and complements health solutions. Stem cells have a myriad of applications contrary to drugs that are focused on a single condition. In fact, drugs are developed and manufactured in this way to minimize the number of tissues they act upon and consequently the number of adverse effects they may have.

Q: What are the treatments foreign patients come to World Stem Cells Clinic for?

A: World Stem Cells Clinic has focused on an array of applications in both its treatments and research activities. These include autism, cerebral palsy and neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson’s, CharcotMarie-Tooth disease (CMT) and multiple sclerosis. We have also treated a vast number of autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. World Stem Cells Clinic has channeled its efforts to various orthopedic conditions that are an everyday occurrence.

Q: Where will we see regenerative treatments in the future?

A: There is still a long way to go in terms of understanding everything we can achieve with stem cell technology and how to do it. Through its parent company DaVinci Biosciences, World Stem Cells Clinic is developing tissues for the pharmaceutical industry, relieving them from running preclinical studies in humans. Through our work, Big Pharma companies will be able to test their products on real cardiac tissue grown in our lab, thereby minimizing costs and expediting results. When we finally learn how to manipulate and influence the differentiators of each cell, as well as their specialty, we will see enormous leaps in health outcomes. For instance, instead of applying synthetic components for wound closure we can implement combinations of biodegradable polymers with stem cells that can heal while sealing an injury. The preclinical research work World Stem Cells Clinic is doing in Mexico is far ahead of our closest competitors.

Q: With a renowned position in the field, what collaborations has World Stem Cells Clinic created in Mexico and abroad?

A: There are many international MDs that collaborate with us, especially in the autism field. They have sent several patients to our facility and followed up with them, which further helps us in our data-gathering process. On the other hand, we will soon receive sport medicine doctors from the US and Europe to facilitate an introduction of stem cell therapy to their field. This type of collaboration has helped us increase the number of treatment applications. A big part of my job is to continue educating both patients and doctors on the benefits of stem cell treatments. After specialist physicians realize what stem cells can do they are the ones who come up with specific challenges in their fields, which could be overcome with stem cell therapeutics and together we begin brainstorming and developing new applications. Combined, a new era of healthcare delivery is born.