Vet-Stem CEO to Deliver Equine Orthopedic Injury Lecture at World Stem Cell Congress

Robert J. Harman, DVM, MPVM, chief executive officer of Vet-Stem, will present a key lecture at the 2007 World Stem Cell Congress in La Jolla, Calif. on Feb. 12. His presentation will cover Vet-Stem's clinical successes treating orthopedic injuries in horses and dogs using fat-derived adult stem cells. Vet-Stem’s clients have treated over 2000 horses and over 100 dogs with arthritis, tendon, and ligament injuries with a high success rate. Over 70% of the patients have returned to normal performance after undergoing the procedure. Dr. Harman will detail the procedures and clinical results of treatments given over the last three years, and he will comment on how these findings may be applicable to human medicine.

Vet-Stem delivers stem cells from a small fat sample for use in veterinary medicine. This technology provides the opportunity for regeneration and healing of tendon and ligament injuries instead of the normal scarring process that reduces performance and can increase chances of re-injury. Stem cells are delivered to the veterinarian 48 hours after a small fat sample is collected from the injured animal. Priority overnight shipment has allowed Vet-Stem to develop veterinary clients in all parts of the country and has eliminated regional issues typically associated with service expansion. Vet-Stem has been providing stem cell services to veterinarians for more than three years. “Our success in animals is directly translatable to humans and we wish to share our evidence that stem cells are safe and effective," said Harman.

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