Dental stem cell bank opens in Mumbai

Last Updated: Friday, September 10, 2010 - 22:31

Mumbai: In a first, an Indian company has
partnered with a French institute to set up a bank for dental
stem cells, which can be used for various therapeutic
applications.

"`Stemade Biotech` will extract stem cells from dental
pulp (live tissue found inside all healthy tooth) and preserve
it under special condition. These stem cells can be used for
various therapeutic applications," said Deepak Ghaisas,
Chairman of Gencoval Strategic Services Pvt Ltd, the parent
company for Stemade.

"As compared to other sources, window for banking stem
cells from the dental pulp is greater...The novelty of dental
stem cells is that they can be easily acquired and preserved
for future application purposes," Franck Chaubron, CEO,
Institut Clinident Biopharma told PTI.

"It is safer, easier and has more applications. The
partnership allows `Stemade Biotech to use the innovative
technique of collecting dental pulp," he said.

Chaubron is the innovator and licensor of the patented
technology for extraction and preservation of stem cells
obtained from dental pulp.

"The valuable stem cells, building blocks of every human
body, are to be extracted from primary teeth (milk teeth) and
wisdom teeth," Ghaisas said.

The stem cells have potential to treat various hereditary
diseases. These cells, found in certain organs and tissues
(bone marrow, adipose tissue, pulp of teeth), repair and
regenerate tissues and organs of the body.

-PTI



First Published: Friday, September 10, 2010 - 22:31

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