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Pig heart beats in baboon for two years – US expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on April 6th, 2016.

International scientists may have overcome an key obstacle in xenotransplantation, successfully transplanting a heart from a pig into a baboon which survived for two years,  An effective immune-suppressing drug therapy has enabled the longest-to-date survival of a heart transplant from a pig to a baboon, published in Nature Communications this week. The implanted pig organ […]

Parkinson’s treatment trial completed

John Kerr posted in on June 18th, 2015.

New Zealand company Living Cell Technologies (LCT) have released the results of a small trial of a new Parkinson’s Disease treatment, indicating that their procedure is safe and may improve symptoms. The company’s NTCELL product is based the around implantation of cells derived from pig brain tissue, which help to support neurological function. The results […]

NZBio: The potential of living cell therapies

Peter Griffin posted in on March 22nd, 2011.

NZBio 2011 saw an update from Professor Bob Elliot of Living Cell Technologies, which is undertaking trials in New Zealand to treat diabetes sufferers. Click below to listen to the podcast of Dr Elliot’s talk (the first few minutes are unfortunately missing)

Newsletter Digest:

Peter Griffin posted in on December 11th, 2009.

Interested in the entire newsletter?  Sign up for it here, and read archived editions here. (Links for both can be found on the SMC homepage) Shaky start for Copenhagen Week one of the COP15 climate change talks passed in a blur of press conference and closed door meetings while the airing of the Danish text […]

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Animal to human transplants get the Aussie go-ahead

Peter Griffin posted in on December 10th, 2009.

Australia has lifted the ban on research involving animal to human transplants. In 2004, NHMRC recommended that there should be no animal to human transplantation (xenotransplantation) clinical trials in Australia for five years, subject to review in December 2009. The NHMRC Council has now recommended that xenotransplantation research could proceed in Australia when the following […]

First implant of DIABACELL® successful

Peter Griffin posted in on October 8th, 2009.

Yesterday, Living Cell Technologies announced the successful first implant of its DIABECELL® in Auckland. This is the first of 8 such implants to be carried out in New Zealand as part of clinical trials for the treatment, which has been designed to normalise the blood sugar levels of people with type I diabetes.  It makes […]

Xenotransplantation and the LCT trials in New Zealand

Peter Griffin posted in on July 17th, 2009.

UPDATE: Living Cell Technologies, a New Zealand-based biotech firm, has just announced that it is commencing trials on a potentially revolutionary diabetes treatment. The treatment will be based on xenotransplantation – the transplantation of animal cells, tissues or organs into human patients. In this case, LCT has been granted approval to transplant pig islet cells […]

Encapsulated porcine islet cell transplantation – an evolving therapy for the treatment of type 1 diabetes

Peter Griffin posted in on April 24th, 2009.

A new paper has just been published in Expert Opinion on Biological Therapy, which reviews the use of encapsulated porcine cells in the treatment of insulin dependent (type 1) diabetes. The paper is co-authored by Professor Bob Elliott, Medical Director from Living Cell Technologies in new Zealand. Encapsulated xenotransplantation for diabetes represents a treatment approach […]

New Zealand, Russia leading in xenotransplantation trials

Peter Griffin posted in on March 20th, 2009.

There’s always a certain cringe factor when we start talking about taking tissue or even whole organs from animals and transplanting them into humans. It’s yet another area of science rife with questions of ethics and safety. But as the the Journal of the American Medical Association points out in a very good four page […]

Okay given to transplant pig cells into humans

Peter Griffin posted in on October 21st, 2008.

New Zealand biotech, Living Cell Technologies, firm has been given the green light to inject pig cells into humans as part of a trial to tackle diabetes. Health Minister David Cunliffe Mr Cunliffe sayss the trial could make New Zealand a leader in treating diabetes and the use of xenotransplantation. Q&A on xenotransplantation from the […]

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