Clinical trials for stem cell transplantation: when are they needed?

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Clinical trials for stem cell transplantation: when are they needed?

  • Phuc Van Pham
Stem Cell Research & Therapy 2016 7:65

DOI: 10.1186/s13287-016-0325-0

Published: 27 April 2016

Abstract

In recent years, both stem cell research and the clinical application of these promising cells have increased rapidly. About 1000 clinical trials using stem cells have to date been performed globally. More importantly, more than 10 stem cell-based products have been approved in some countries. With the rapid growth of stem cell applications, some countries have used clinical trials as a tool to diminish the rate of clinical stem cell applications. However, the point at which stem cell clinical trials are essential remains unclear. This commentary discusses when stem cell clinical trials are essential for stem cell transplantation therapies.

Keywords

Clinical trials Stem cells Stem cell therapy Stem cell transplantation