Feb 23, 2024

VetStem at Western Veterinary Conference

Posted by Bob under VetStem

We are back from another trip to Las Vegas for the annual Western Veterinary Conference (WVC). WVC is one of the largest veterinary conferences in the field and VetStem has exhibited at this show for nearly 20 years.

Trade shows like WVC provide us with a platform to engage with and inform veterinarians and veterinary technicians from all over the country about the benefits of VetStem Cell Therapy and how to integrate it into their clinical practice. These events offer an excellent opportunity to connect with both current and prospective clients to discuss all things regenerative medicine.

The attendance this year was record breaking at over 20,000 people. We thoroughly enjoyed engaging in conversations with our colleagues and fellow animal lovers. And of course we loved getting to meet all sorts of cute animals! Enjoy some pictures from the show below.

Feb 16, 2024

Veterinary Assistant Appreciation Week

Posted by Bob under Veterinary Medicine

As Veterinary Assistant Appreciation Week comes to an end, we would like to recognize the invaluable contributions of these professionals in the world of animal care. Veterinary assistants play a crucial role in ensuring the smooth operation of veterinary clinics and hospitals, providing essential support to veterinarians and technicians. From comforting anxious pets to assisting with surgical procedures, their dedication and compassion are apparent in every aspect of their work.

Beyond their technical skills, veterinary assistants often serve as a reassuring presence for both animals and their people, offering empathy and support during challenging times. This week is an opportunity for us all to express gratitude for their hard work and unwavering commitment to the well-being of animals.

At VetStem, numerous members of our team began their careers as veterinary assistants. This foundational experience facilitated a seamless transition into the field of regenerative veterinary medicine. The dedication and diligence inherent in their roles as veterinary assistants continues to translate into their work at VetStem.

Whether it’s cleaning kennels, administering medications, or assisting veterinarians and owners with stem cell questions, veterinary assistants demonstrate a level of devotion that deserves recognition and appreciation. Let’s celebrate their vital role in the veterinary field and express our heartfelt thanks for the compassion and care they bring to their work every single day.

Feb 9, 2024

StemInsure: The Stem Cell Insurance

Posted by Bob under Stem Cells, StemInsure

As responsible pet owners, we often seek ways to safeguard the health and well-being of our canine companions throughout their lives. We vaccinate them as puppies and put them on high quality diets and supplements to keep them as healthy as possible. We invest in pet insurance to ensure they receive the best care possible. But what if there was another way to help insure your dog’s future?

The VetStem StemInsure is a cutting-edge service that harnesses the power of stem cells for potential future use. StemInsure allows pet owners to store a sample of their pet’s own stem cells while they are still healthy. This proactive approach holds the key to unlocking a myriad of health benefits and addressing potential challenges that may arise later in their lives.

Stem cells are the body’s natural healing cells. They can reduce inflammation, pain, and even lead to tissue regeneration. Storing these cells when your dog is young serves as a strategic investment in their future health. Young dogs typically possess a higher concentration of robust and healthy stem cells, making the preservation process more effective. This bank of youthful stem cells can be a valuable resource for addressing a wide range of health issues that may emerge as your dog ages, from joint problems to degenerative conditions.

Furthermore, the act of storing stem cells early in your dog’s life provides a unique opportunity to customize and personalize their healthcare journey. As each dog is an individual with its own genetic makeup and predispositions, having a bank of their own stem cells allows veterinarians to tailor treatment plans specifically to your furry friend. This targeted approach can lead to more effective outcomes, whether the need arises for regenerative therapy due to injury, surgery, or the management of chronic conditions.

Storing stem cells for your dog may help to ensure a healthier and happier life for your beloved pet. By securing this “stem cell insurance” while they are young, you are taking a proactive and personalized approach towards giving your dog the best possible chance at a vibrant and active life throughout the years.

Learn more about StemInsure on the VetStem website or watch a brief video here.

Feb 2, 2024

National Cat Health Month: Osteoarthritis in Cats

Posted by Bob under Cat Arthritis, Cats

February is National Cat Health Month, a time to bring awareness to the well-being of our feline companions. This month, emphasis is placed on regular veterinary check-ups to help ensure that our cats lead happy, healthy lives. Unfortunately, several studies in the last decade have demonstrated that as many as 50% or more of cat owners do not take their cat to the vet regularly.

While there are several potential reasons that cats tend to visit the vet less, one reason commonly cited by owners is the belief that their cat is in excellent health and is never sick or injured. As you may know, cats can be masters at hiding their pain. So, while you may think they are perfectly healthy, there can be subtle signs of sickness or pain that are easy to miss if you’re not looking closely. One example is pain from osteoarthritis (OA).

For years, osteoarthritis in cats has been underdiagnosed when compared to dogs. One reason for this is that cats with OA present with different symptoms than what we see in dogs. Because of their smaller size and natural agility, cats tend to tolerate bone and joint problems better than dogs. But there are specific symptoms to watch out for.

According to the FDA, “Clinical signs of osteoarthritis in cats include weight loss, loss of appetite, depression, change in general attitude, poor grooming habits, urination or defecation outside the litter pan, and inability to jump on and off objects.” Unlike dogs, cats do not commonly present with lameness or limping. Instead, they will be less willing to jump and/or have shorter jumps.

Unfortunately, there are fewer treatment options for cats with OA compared to dogs. Unlike dogs, cats do not tolerate nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or other pain medications very well. In the U.S., there are only two NSAIDs approved for short-term post-operative use in cats, and there are currently no veterinary NSAIDs approved for safe, long-term use to control osteoarthritis pain in cats. There are some non-drug options including weight loss for overweight cats, increased exercise, as well as environmental accommodations such as elevated food bowls and more easily accessible litter boxes.

That’s where VetStem Cell Therapy comes in. Stem cells are a non-drug treatment option for osteoarthritis, which can be particularly beneficial for cats given that effective treatment options to control OA pain are extremely limited. Stem cells have shown the ability to directly modulate pain and down-regulate inflammation. Additionally, stem cells can induce repair and stimulate regeneration of cartilage and other joint tissues. VetStem Cell Therapy harnesses your cat’s own healing abilities, so it can be considered a natural and holistic approach to managing the symptoms of osteoarthritis.

If you think your cat may benefit from treatment with VetStem Cell Therapy, speak to your veterinarian or contact us to receive a list of VetStem providers in your area.

Jan 26, 2024

VetStem Reaches Settlement over Stem Cell Patent Dispute

Posted by Bob under Stem Cell Industry, VetStem

Last month, VetStem announced the successful resolution of its patent litigation against California Stem Cell Treatment Center, Inc. (“CSCTC”). VetStem, Inc. v. California Stem Cell Treatment Center, Inc. Case No. 2:19-CV-4728-AB filed in the Central District of California, Western Division, centered on CSCTC’s alleged infringement of VetStem’s patented treatment methods using adipose-derived stem cells.

VetStem’s dedication to innovative research in therapeutic applications of adipose-derived stem cells resulted in the issuance of multiple patents, including U.S. Patent No. 9,453,202, granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office on September 27, 2016. This patent underscores VetStem’s pioneering work in therapeutic applications of adipose-derived stem cells, a field with immense potential for medical breakthroughs.

The legal dispute focused on CSCTC’s alleged infringement of VetStem’s ‘202 Patent, specifically covering regenerative medical treatments for orthopedic conditions. The resolution came on the eve of the trial, with both parties agreeing to a settlement. Dr. Bob Harman, Founder and CEO of VetStem and the named inventor of the ‘202 Patent, expressed his satisfaction, emphasizing VetStem’s commitment to the development of innovative stem cell treatments and technology, along with the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights. VetStem, true to its forward-thinking ethos, actively engages in licensing deals with leading companies and medical professionals in the regenerative medicine field, aimed at expediting the delivery of cutting-edge treatments to patients.

VetStem’s impact extends beyond veterinary applications, as demonstrated by its subsidiary, Personalized Stem Cells, Inc. (PSC). Dedicated to advancing regenerative stem cell therapies for serious human diseases, PSC has achieved rapid clinical trial results from its Phase 2a study focusing on human autologous stem cell therapy for knee osteoarthritis, as well as a Phase 1b intravenous clinical study of human mesenchymal stem cells (COVI-MSC™) for COVID-19 patients. PSC’s rapid progress into clinical applications is facilitated by leveraging VetStem’s extensive database of disease treatments in animals, showcasing an innovative approach that holds promise for transformative developments in regenerative medicine for both animals and humans.

For those interested in licensing VetStem’s technology, please email info@vetstem.com.

Jan 19, 2024

The Father of MSCs: Remembering Dr. Arnold Caplan

Posted by Bob under Regenerative Medicine, Stem Cells

Dr. Arnold Caplan, a friend, a colleague, and a mentor, recently passed away. The loss to the human AND veterinary medical fields is enormous. Arnold “Arnie” Caplan, a pioneering researcher in the field of regenerative medicine, is renowned for his groundbreaking work with mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). Arnie earned his Ph.D. from John Hopkins University School of Medicine. He has since dedicated his career to advancing our understanding of stem cell biology. In the late 1980s, Caplan identified and isolated mesenchymal stem cells from bone marrow, a discovery that created the field of regenerative medicine. His work laid the foundation for exploring the therapeutic potential of MSCs in hundreds of medical applications.

Dr. Arnold “Arnie” Caplan, the Father of Mesenchymal Stem Cells

Caplan’s research highlighted the regenerative properties of MSCs, marking them as promising candidates for tissue repair and regeneration. Over the years, his contributions have not only advanced our understanding of stem cell biology but have also opened doors to new possibilities in regenerative medicine, with MSCs being explored as potential treatments for conditions such as osteoarthritis, cardiovascular diseases, and immune disorders.

Most significantly, Arnie never stopped exploring the boundaries of what stem cells could do. He adamantly admitted he was wrong about stem cell mechanisms and re-named them Medicinal Signaling Cells to show they were the body’s drug store. Every 3-5 years he would renovate our understanding of these healing cells, showing they could block inflammation, treat pain, modulate the immune system, and stimulate healing. 

Dr. Caplan’s work has left an indelible mark on the field, shaping the trajectory of regenerative medicine and offering hope for innovative therapeutic interventions. He founded numerous companies and filed many foundational patents. 

For our founder and CEO, Dr. Bob Harman, Dr. Caplan was a guide through the complicated research literature, inviting us to enter his world of human medicine. He knew that veterinarians would be the pioneers and that the data we created would be transformative. He was correct. And with his urging and blessing, our veterinary regenerative medicine company, VetStem, gathered its complete veterinary data and sought FDA approval to extend our expertise to human treatments. The FDA granted approval, making us the pioneering company to demonstrate the reality of “One Medicine” and showcase how veterinary data can accelerate advancements in human medicine.

Arnie, you will be missed by everyone in the field, but your wisdom will impact the field for decades to come. Long live MSC’s.

Jan 12, 2024

VetStem Cell Therapy for Dog with IVDD

Posted by Bob under Dog Back Pain, IVDD

Tomorrow is National French Bulldog Day! These snuggly, squished-face cuties have gained popularity in recent years but, as is the case with many purebred dogs, it’s important to note that they are susceptible to certain health conditions including spinal disorders. One of the most common neurological conditions affecting Frenchies is Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD).

IVDD is a degenerative condition that affects the spinal discs in dogs. In French Bulldogs, IVDD can be particularly problematic due to their unique body structure. With their short legs and long bodies, extra strain is placed on their intervertebral discs. When the discs become weakened or herniated, this causes compression on the surrounding nerves and/or spinal cord, which can lead to pain and mobility issues, including temporary or permanent paralysis.

One example is Lady Josephine Beatrix Von Snugglebottom (aka Jojo). At just 6 months old, she was suffering from severe IVDD and spinal cord compression. At the time, she was unable to use her back legs for about one month. Jojo underwent surgery to relieve the pressure on her spine and aid in preventing further damage. She also received daily laser therapy and weekly acupuncture treatments. There was noticeable improvement in the strength in her legs, and she was able to hold herself up unassisted approximately two months after surgery. She still required a wheelchair however.

Shortly thereafter, Jojo was treated with VetStem Cell Therapy to aid the further healing of her spine. She received two intravenous injections of her own stem cells approximately one month apart. Her owner noted that following the treatment with stem cells, she was finally able to get around without her wheelchair. She began to run and, according to her owner, she hasn’t stopped since! Check out this adorable video of Jojo.

While many veterinarians have treated similar conditions with VetStem Cell Therapy and have seen remarkable results, it’s important to note that the research is ongoing for this condition and each dog will respond differently to treatment. A case such as Jojo’s falls under our Clinical Research Program for canine back pain. If you think your pet may benefit from treatment with VetStem Cell Therapy, speak to your veterinarian or contact us to receive a list of VetStem providers near you.  

Jan 5, 2024

Improve Your Dog’s Joint Health During Walk Your Pet Month

Posted by Bob under Exercise For Pets

January is Walk Your Pet Month, an opportune time to celebrate the numerous benefits that daily walks bring to our furry friends, particularly our canine companions. Regular walks play a crucial role in maintaining the overall well-being of our pets and can actually improve their joint health. You may be surprised to learn that walking can help manage the symptoms of and even delay the onset of osteoarthritis in dogs.

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a common ailment in dogs. According to the stats, 1 in 5 dogs in the U.S. are affected by OA, and it has been identified as a leading cause of euthanasia. Symptoms of OA include pain, reduced mobility, and a diminished quality of life.

Fortunately, walking can be a game-changer in mitigating these symptoms. Regular exercise helps our pets maintain a healthy weight, which alleviates stress on joints. Additionally, walking can help to strengthen the muscles and supporting soft tissue structures around the joints, promoting increased joint stability. It can also increase joint fluid circulation, which is beneficial to maintaining healthy joint cartilage.

According to Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine, “Regular physical activity is paramount in the treatment of osteoarthritis both in humans and animals. A lifestyle of regular activity that is moderated away from intermittent extremes of exercise (such as long hikes on the weekends) and activities to which the pet is not conditioned is essential. Ideally, multiple shorter walks are better than one long one. The same activity every day (or slightly increasing if tolerated) is ideal.”

That being said, all pets are different and what works for one dog may not work for another. Your veterinarian can help you craft an exercise regimen that is specifically tailored to your pet. And if your dog already suffers from OA, VetStem Cell Therapy may help get them back to their daily walks! Speak to your veterinarian or contact us to receive a list of providers near you.

Dec 15, 2023

VetStem’s 2023 Year in Review

Posted by Bob under VetStem

We can hardly believe 2023 is coming to an end! This was an exciting year for VetStem. We launched a new product and spent much of the year promoting that product at numerous trade shows across the United States. As our final blog of the year, we wanted to share some highlights from the last 12 months at VetStem. So, without further ado, here is VetStem’s 2023 year in review!

  • In late 2022, we began developing our newest product: PrecisePRP, a donor-derived off-the-shelf platelet-rich plasma for dogs and horses. We spent much of early 2023 finalizing the details of manufacturing, marketing, and all of the many pieces that come with developing a novel product such as this.
  • In February, we attended our first of many veterinary conferences in Las Vegas, NV. Western Vet Conference is one of the largest shows in the industry and it was the first time we began previewing the upcoming PrecisePRP.
  • In March, we announced a major expansion of our manufacturing and R&D facilities. We spent much of the year developing these facilities which are comprised of 13,765 square feet of class A biotech space. These facilities have been/will be used for internal VetStem projects, manufacturing for our sister company, Personalized Stem Cells, and for contract manufacturing of new veterinary biologics.
  • In April, VetStem sponsored a dry lab at the annual IVAPM Pain Management Forum for the second year in a row. Veterinarians at this forum have a particular interest in multi-modal pain management and were excited to learn about the upcoming PrecisePRP.
  • In August, we announced the soft launch of PrecisePRP, which is currently still undergoing the FDA review process but is available at a discounted price in exchange for outcome data.
  • August also saw the VetStem Sales and Marketing team in Kansas City, MO for the annual Fetch DVM360 conference. We sponsored three of the Fetch shows this year and spoke about platelet-rich plasma options at each show.
  • In September, VetStem sponsored a first of its kind stem cell workshop supporting wildlife conservation. The Stem Cell Technology for Genetic Rescue Workshop was held on September 17-20 in La Jolla, CA. Dr. Harman was among 45 global leaders in stem cell science, brought together to share their experience and expertise and to discuss how stem cell technology can further wildlife conservation efforts.
  • Shortly after the workshop, Dr. Harman attended the annual North American Veterinary Regenerative Medicine Association (NAVRMA) conference in Kona, HI. This conference brings together some of the greatest minds in regenerative veterinary medicine.
  • In early October, the Sales and Marketing team was back on the road. We did two shows back-to-back: Fetch Coastal in Atlantic City, NJ where we spoke about PRP and the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) conference in Memphis, TN where we sponsored two talks on feline medicine.
  • In late November/early December, the Sales and Marketing team wrapped up a busy year of conferences at the annual American Associate of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) conference in San Diego, CA and the final Fetch DVM360 conference in Long Beach, CA. At both shows, Dr. Harman spoke about PRP and stem cell therapy.
  • In our final press release of the year, we announced that a settlement was reached in a multi-year lawsuit regarding patent infringement. VetStem owns numerous patents and while we are dedicated to the development of innovative stem cell treatments and technology, we are also committed to protecting and enforcing our intellectual property rights. This was a big win for us and a great way to close out the year!

So, there you have it. Another year in the books. It was an exciting year for us and, as always, we couldn’t do what we do without the support of our veterinary and pet owner clients. We hope that you and your loved ones have a wonderful holiday season, and we look forward to seeing what 2024 has in store for VetStem!

Dec 8, 2023

International Day of Veterinary Medicine

International Day of Veterinary Medicine is celebrated each year on December 9th. This day was established to bring recognition to the tremendous efforts and impact of veterinary professionals around the world. Most pet owners appreciate the invaluable services veterinarians provide in keeping their pets happy and healthy, but there are additional reasons to recognize this group of dedicated, hard workers.

If you’ve been following along with our blog, then you’ve definitely heard the term “One Health.” In fact, we recently shared a blog recognizing One Health Day. One Health is the idea that veterinary and human health are inextricably linked. For instance, advances made in veterinary medicine have also helped in human healthcare. Examples include vaccines, organ transplants, numerous medications, and even stem cell therapy!

Another example of the link between human health and the health of animals is zoonotic diseases, or diseases that can be passed between animals and humans. There are numerous zoonotic diseases including rabies, intestinal parasites, and multiple viral, bacterial, and fungal infections. By controlling these diseases in animals, veterinary professionals are also helping to ensure a healthy human population.

So while we may appreciate our veterinarians for their tireless work to keep our pets feeling their best, International Day of Veterinary Medicine is a day to recognize the field as a whole. All veterinary professionals from vets to techs to scientists have a hand in keeping animals, and thereby people, healthy.